Questions to ask about headaches

These questions may help you discuss your headache or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

Diagnosis

  • Can you give me more details about how my headache is diagnosed?

  • Will I need to have any special tests?

  • Is my headache a symptom of something else?

  • Can you tell me more about the type of headache I have?

  • Why do I get this headache?

Information and support

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • Can you provide any information for my family/carers?

  • How will my headache affect my work or studies, and my social life?

  • Is there any employment information available, or help to support me at school and through my exams?

  • How will the headache affect me over the rest of my life?

For family members, friends or carers

  • What can I/we do to help and support the person with headache?

  • Is there any additional support that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from or be entitled to?

Treatment

  • Is there a cure for my headache?

  • Is there anything I can do to help myself, like changing my diet or lifestyle?

  • What treatments are available for my headache?

  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this particular type of treatment?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment? What will it involve?

  • How will it help me? What effect will it have on my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • How long should I take it for?

  • Should I stay on this dose?

Side effects of treatment

  • Are there any risks or side effects associated with this treatment?

  • What are my options for taking treatments other than the one you have offered me?

  • What should I do if I get any side effects? (For example, should I call my GP, or go to the emergency department at a hospital?)

  • Are there any long‑term effects of taking this treatment?

For women and girls

  • What should I do if I am planning to become pregnant?

  • Will this treatment affect my choice of contraception?

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