How can you quickly and accurately tell if your patient’s headache is likely migraine?

Migraine symptoms can vary from person to person

And even though symptoms vary, we know when a patient has headache accompanied by impact on their daily activities, photophobia and/or nausea, there is high likelihood that they have migraine.1

Think migraine if a patient's headache is accompanied by 2 or more of: impact on daily activities, photophobia, or nausea

If headache is accompanied by 2 or more of the key signs or symptoms, there is a 93% positive predictive value for migraine1

Hear from a fellow PCP about recognizing migraine:


  1. Lipton RB, Dodick D, Sadovsky R, et al. A self-administered screener for migraine in primary care: the ID Migraine™ validation study. Neurology. 2003;61:375-382.