Headache and Migraine Screening Tool

 Headache and Migraine Screening Survey

Did you know that headaches are one of the most common health problems experienced by Australians? Approximately 7 million Australians suffer from tension headaches and 3 million suffer from migraines.

This screening tool has been designed to assess the nature of your headaches and determine treatable elements of your headache, thus assisting you to develop a headache management plan. The screening tool will take 5 minutes to complete and your answers will be confidential.

About you…..



Do you have frequent headaches that interfere with work, family or social activities?



Do you have any blood relatives with similar headaches?



Have your headaches changed in type or location in the last 6 months?




About your headaches ………



Do you have one or more headaches per week?



Can you get frequent headaches then they disappear for weeks or months?



Does movement aggravate your headache?



Do bright lights bother you when you have a headache?



Does noise bother you when you have a headache?



Is the pain throbbing, pulsating or pounding?



Is the pain stabbing?



Do you feel like your head is being squeezed?



Is the pain constant and steady?



Does the headache get worse when you bend forwards?



Is your headache only on 1 side of your head when it occurs?



Do any of your headaches last 4 hours if untreated?



Does a headache ever cause you to feel nauseous or vomit?



Do any of the following foods or drinks aggravate your headaches: oranges, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, cheese, milk, nuts, or Chinese food?



Do you experience headaches after exercise or sex?



Do you ever experience a headache after taking analgesics?



Do you ever wake with a headache?



Do you experience facial pain after chewing, eating, speaking or yawning?



Do you have pain behind your eyes with a headache?



Do you have any sinus congestion or difficulty breathing through your nose?



Do your headaches ever interfere with your normal activities?



Do you have pain or tightness in your neck and shoulders with your headaches?



Do you experience dizziness with a headache?



Do you have any visual changes such as seeing spots or stars or blurred vision?



If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions it is important to discuss a headache management plan with your physiotherapist or doctor. If you experience any of the symptoms outlined in the second part of the screening tool, it is also important to speak to one of the physiotherapists at Rathmines Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre or your doctor – as many of these symptoms can be treated, and in many cases cured.

For further information please contact Rathmines Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre on 4975-1622, email rathminesphysio@bigpond.com or website www.rathminesphysio.com.au