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Help! What are your tips for finding a good migraine specialist?

Did you know not all neurologists are headache specialists and that not all migraine & headache specialists are neurologists? Read more here about why we ask about your doctor.

Most importantly, please share your tips below in the comments for fellow community members looking for a board-certified headache & migraine specialist! If you haven’t found a good one, what challenges have you faced?

 

  1. Get references...from fellow Migraine sufferers online, in your community, from your current Neurologist.
    Look on the American Headache Society webpage for Board Certified Headache Specialists.

    1. Search foundations like the American Migraine Association for headache specialists. When you find a Dr in your area google them and read their reviews. Make sure that those reviews focus on migraine not just neurology.
      Call and ask to talk to the nurse before scheduling an appointment. And when you do meet the migraine specialist if you're not happy, move on.
      Either way leave a review so that others can make educated decisions too.

      1. Ask a MD who knows you for a referral to a neuro who specializes in migraines. since it can take awhile to get an appt, ask your MD to order a brain MRI, any relevant blood tests, etc, and have them sent to the neuro before your appt. you can also research their referral online.

        1. You want to find a Dr that does not believe in giving medication all the time. I have a Dr that understands what I am feeling and tries to work with me. The Dr I had before just wanted to keep me on a lot of medication and it was making me worse not better. Stay away from Dr's like that, they do more harm than good.

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