I THINK I HAVE CHRONIC MIGRAINE
If you're experiencing frequent headaches, you could be living with chronic migraine.
If you’re living with chronic migraine you’re experiencing:
Or more days of headaches each month (also called headache days), including . . .
Or more days of headaches that have features of migraines each month . . .
Or more months
If you have chronic migraine, you’re not alone. 4.9 million people in Australia suffer from migraine. 71% of migraine sufferers are women and 86% are of working age. The overall prevalence of chronic migraine in Australia is 7.61%.
Because chronic migraine can be difficult to diagnose, it’s important to tell your doctor about the number and the nature of the headaches you’re experiencing. There are simple tools that can help. Check out the Identifying Chronic Migraine Screener below.
IDENTIFYING CHRONIC MIGRAINE (ID-CM) SCREENER
The ID-CM Screener can help your doctor confirm if you have Chronic Migraine.
A completed ID-CM Screener can provide your doctor with key information to help make a diagnosis and to identify a treatment plan that’s right for you. Complete the Screener and share the results with your doctor.
While the results of this screener may suggest you have chronic migraine, they do not replace a diagnosis from a qualified healthcare professional. It’s very important to discuss the results with your doctor.
It can be difficult to remember specific details about headaches and migraines you have experienced weeks or months ago. Learn about tracking your headaches with the easy-to-use Headache Diary below.
The Headache Diary can help you and your doctor better understand your headache patterns.
This tool provides your doctor with important information about your condition, including:
- The number and severity of your heachaches
- Your migraine triggers
- The type and amount of over-the-counter and/or prescription medications you may be using
Now that you’re equipped with tools to help your doctor better understand your condition, you may have questions about treatment. Whether you’re considering treatment or have already tried some medications, you may have more options than you think.
TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR
Talking to your doctor is an important step toward finding a treatment that's right for you.
If you think you have chronic migraine, your doctor can help diagnose your condition and find ways to manage it.
Talk to your doctor about finding a treatment that’s right for you. If you’re currently not seeing a specialist and you think you could benefit from one, find a specialist and ask your family doctor for a referral.
To learn more about chronic migraine, explore Frequently Asked Questions.