Last updated on June 4th, 2021 at 09:58 am
IF YOU HAVE HEADACHE, MIGRAINE, OR FACIAL PAIN AND ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS ON ANYTHING RELATED TO IT, A HEADACHE SPECIALIST IS HERE TO HELP, FOR FREE!
FIRST, LET'S DECIDE WHERE TO START:
IF YOU HAVE AN EXISTING HEADACHE, MIGRAINE, OR FACIAL PAIN DIAGNOSIS AND ARE LOOKING FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, HOT TOPICS, AND TREATMENT TIPS, VISIT OUR FREE BLOG OF HOT TOPICS AND HEADACHE TIPS HERE. THIS IS WHERE I WRITE AND CONDENSE A BROAD VARIETY OF COMMON AND COMPLEX MIGRAINE AND HEADACHE RELATED TOPICS INTO THE IMPORTANT FACTS AND HIGHLIGHTS YOU NEED TO KNOW, ALONG WITH PROVIDING FIRST HAND CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A HEADACHE SPECIALIST.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXISTING HEADACHE, MIGRAINE, OR FACIAL PAIN DIAGNOSIS AND ARE LOOKING FOR A LIST OF POSSIBLE TYPES OF HEADACHES OR FACIAL PAINS BASED ON YOUR SYMPTOMS, USE THE FREE HEADACHE AND FACIAL PAIN SYMPTOM CHECKER TOOL DEVELOPED BY A HEADACHE SPECIALIST NEUROLOGIST BELOW.
IF YOU HAVE AN EXISTING HEADACHE, MIGRAINE, OR FACIAL PAIN DIAGNOSIS AND ARE LOOKING FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AND SELF-RESEARCH ON YOUR DIAGNOSIS, VISIT OUR FREE EDUCATION CENTER HERE.
5 Easy Steps For Using the Headache and Facial Pain Symptom Checker!
*This headache and facial pain symptom checker tool has been developed by a headache specialist / neurologist as an educational service, since many patients do not have easy access to a headache specialist. This tool assists in narrowing down possible headache types, common treatment options, and personalized self-research by imitating a “virtual headache specialist” office visit. Please take your time to answer each of the personalized questions in the symptom checker algorithm. Then, visit our Headache Education Center to get more information about your symptoms, possible types of headache or facial pain, and treatment options to discuss with your local doctor.
Choose your headache or face pain location on the 8 illustrations provided.
Answer location-specific questions, the same as a headache specialist would ask.
7 steps of personalized questions:
Location of pain (8 illustrations)
Unique features (there are many headaches that have a very characteristic feature for diagnosis)
Associated neurologic symptoms
Additional associated symptoms
Receive a personalized list of possible types of headaches or facial pains.
Click on each result listed for detailed information, testing, common types of treatments, and further education links.
Print out the information to take with you to your local doctor to help narrow down your type of headache or facial pain, and discuss more effective treatment options.
VIRTUAL HEADACHE SPECIALIST™ DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.
It is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for seeing a doctor to discuss your medical history, evaluation, examination, diagnosis or treatments. Never ignore your doctor’s advice, nor delay seeing your doctor, because of something you have read on the Virtual Headache Specialist™ Site. Virtual Headache Specialist™ is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, any of the products advertised on the website.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, new symptoms, any new type of headache, or headache along with fever, chills, neck stiffness, or neurological symptoms (numbness, weakness in face/arm/leg, vision loss, vision changes, changes in speech, slurred speech, confusion, altered mental status, vertigo, dizziness, unsteadiness, falls, etc.), immediately seek emergency medical care at the nearest emergency department or dial 911/emergency services.
Virtual Headache Specialist™ is only meant to provide guidance and education for you and your doctor regarding POSSIBLE types of headaches or facial pains and treatments of your headache and/or facial pain disorder(s). Virtual Headache Specialist™ provides information to help direct self-research and education. The information can also be printed out and taken to your doctor to assist in discussions that may help guide him/her to more accurate types of headaches and facial pains, and more effective treatment decisions. Reliance on any information provided by Virtual Headache Specialist™ is solely at your own risk.
Virtual Headache Specialist™ analyzes your symptoms and pain characteristics. It then provides a list of possible types of headaches and facial pains based on your responses. Common treatments and educational information associated with each of your results is provided. The questionnaires in Virtual Headache Specialist™ are modeled after specialized questions asked by a headache specialist that help to differentiate between many types of headache and facial pain disorders. However, there may be more detailed questions necessary that can only be done in a face-to-face office visit with your doctor (the “art of medicine”). This is why seeing your doctor following your online self-evaluation is an important part of the process to get on the correct path of treatment.
Virtual Headache Specialist™ evaluates for the primary headache and facial pain disorders (due to the headache or facial pain condition itself and not from another cause), and a few secondary headache and facial pain disorders (due to another underlying condition of which headache or facial pain is a symptom). However, there are atypical variations to every headache and facial pain disorder that may not fit into an exact set of symptoms for a specific type of headache or facial pain. Virtual Headache Specialist™ evaluates for the most common symptom combinations, may not capture atypical variations, and therefore the correct headache or facial pain results may not be included as one of your reported possibilities. There are also types of secondary headache and facial pain disorders that can be caused by undiagnosed medical problems (cancer, blood pressure, tumor, aneurysm, infection, etc.), and some of these can resemble a primary headache or facial pain disorder. These are some of the many reasons why a face-to-face office visit with a doctor for a detailed medical history and examination is mandatory for any type of headache or facial pain disorder for ultimate diagnosis and treatment decisions. Virtual Headache Specialist™ is NOT a substitute for this.
Virtual Headache Specialist™ is NEVER a replacement for an office visit with a medical doctor. Diagnoses and treatment suggestions of any type cannot be made without a face-to-face office visit with a medical doctor, and a detailed medical history and examination first. Virtual Headache Specialist™ is only a supplementary tool to provide information to take to your doctor and assist in discussions of headache types and treatment considerations beyond what your doctor may be familiar or comfortable with in his/her regular medical practice. The Virtual Headache Specialist™ tool is NOT meant to provide a definitive diagnosis of headache or facial pain disorders. Your doctor should be the only one confirming a possible type of headache or facial pain suggested by Virtual Headache Specialist™. Your doctor should also be the only one making treatment decisions and recommendations, regardless of information provided by Virtual Headache Specialist™.