Diagnose Your Headache or Facial Pain

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A Step By Step Process For Diagnosing Your Headache or Facial Pain.

The following diagnosis tool has been developed as an educational service to allow those with chronic headaches or facial pain, who don't have quick access to a headache specialist, gain an understanding of symptoms and various diagnoses. Please read this information provided, take your time to answer the questions asked, and when done, you can visit our Headache Education Center to get more information about your particular symptoms and possible diagnosis.




It is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the Virtual Headache Specialist™ Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, any new type of headache, or headache along with fever, chills, neck stiffness, or neurological symptoms (numbness, weakness in face/arm/leg, vision loss, changes in speech, confusion, altered mental status, vertigo, unsteadiness, falls), immediately seek emergency medical care at the nearest emergency department or dial 911. Virtual Headache Specialist™ does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site. Reliance on any information provided by Virtual Headache Specialist™ is solely at your own risk.

Virtual Headache Specialist™ is only meant to provide guidance and education for you and your doctor regarding POSSIBLE diagnoses and treatments of your headache and/or facial pain disorder(s). Virtual Headache Specialist™ provides information that may 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 diagnoses and more effective treatment decisions.

Virtual Headache Specialist™ analyzes your symptoms and pain characteristics. It then provides a list of the most fitting possible diagnoses based on your responses, as well as common treatments and educational information associated with each of those possible diagnoses. The questionnaires in Virtual Headache Specialist™ are based on specialized questions asked by a headache specialist that help to differentiate between many types of headache and facial pain disorders. However, sometimes 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”), and cannot be incorporated into an algorithmic questionnaire appropriately. Your results are based on the information that you provide through the questionnaires, which can be a flawed and imprecise science.

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 typical diagnosis. Virtual Headache Specialist™ evaluates for the most common symptom combinations, may not capture atypical variations, and therefore the correct headache or facial pain diagnosis may not be included as one of your reported diagnostic 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 definitive 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 diagnostic 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 diagnosis 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™.

Virtual Headache Specialist™, its creator, web designers, owner, Virtual Medical Specialists LLC, and anyone else associated with this website assume no responsibility or liability in diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or misdirection of any information including treatment decisions which could result in adverse outcomes resulting in injury or death. This is a non-refundable service. By clicking the accept button to move forward to the diagnostic algorithms, you accept this Disclaimer, as well as the Terms and Conditions linked below.

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