Migraine Headache FAQs (cont.)
Edward Lubin, MD, PhD
Joseph Carcione Jr, DO, MBA
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James H Halsey, MD
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Should a person with migraine headaches see a doctor?
Yes! A person with any type of intense headache, especially a recurring one, may have a life-threatening underlying condition. A doctor's evaluation is definitely necessary. If the doctor makes a diagnosis of migraine headache, various treatments are available. These treatments can significantly improve a migraineur's quality of life.
A doctor should be called if a person experiences any of the following problems:
A person who has any of the following should go or be taken to a hospital emergency department:
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