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A careful physical exam is needed to make sure the nervous system is
working normally and to discover clues about the cause of a person's headaches.
Results of the exam can help determine whether further testing is needed.
During the physical exam, the doctor will:
When the doctor checks your nervous system, he or she will:
During the physical exam, the doctor may decide to examine other
parts of your body to look for possible causes of the headaches. The doctor may
also ask about other health problems if he or she thinks your headaches are
related to another medical condition.
If you are having a headache during the exam, the doctor may notice
things that often occur with a specific type of headache:
Any abnormal results in the physical exam may suggest a possible
medical cause of headaches. Abnormal results may include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerColin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
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