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Your First Appointment: Questions to ask Your Doctor

At your first appointment with a headache specialist, you can expect to receive a great deal of information about your particular condition as well as possible treatment options (this may include a preventative plan as well as what to do when a severe headache hits). Feel free to ask any question that's on your mind, no matter how small it might seem.

Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • Can an over-the-counter pain reliever help with my headaches, or do you recommend a prescription drug?
  • Please tell me about the drug you are prescribing....why did you choose this drug? What are its side effects?
  • Can you recommend any nondrug treatments to help with my headaches?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc.) I can make to help with my headaches?
  • Should I keep a headache diary to bring to my next appointment?
  • Can I get in to see you immediately if I'm in really bad shape with a headache?
  • What should I do if I get a really bad headache--should I call your office or go to the ER?

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted October 2009

Contact Information

Arnold Pain Management Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
One Brookline Place, Suite 105
Brookline, MA 02445
617-278-8000
617-278-8065