What is Headache?

Headache is the symptom of pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. Most headaches can be diagnosed by the clinical history alone.

If the symptoms described by the person sound dangerous, further testing with neuroimaging or lumbar puncture may be necessary.

Diagnostic Tests:

• Blood chemistry and urinalysis: these tests are used to determine other medical conditions including diabetes, throid problem and infection
• CT scan: a CT scan of head might be recommended if you are getting daily or almost daily headaches to help rule out other cause of headaches
• MRI: an MRI provides information about structure and biochemistry of the brain. It also can evaluate certain parts of the brain that are not as easily viewed with CT scans, such as the spine at the level of the neck and the back portion of the brain.
• Lumbar puncture: the removal of spinal fluid from the spinal canal. This procedure is only done to rule out conditions that might be affecting the brain and spinal cord.