Most of us start with our primary care physicians, then move on to a neurologist. But should you consider seeing a specialist? Is it necessary? Is it worth the time and money? Yes, yes and yes.
Here are 3 good reasons to see a Headache Disorders specialist instead of relying solely on your primary care physician or a general neurologist.
5 Good Reasons to See a Headache Specialist
(1) A Headache specialist has specialized knowledge and training in Headache Disorders. The average medical doctor receives something like a mere half day of education on treating patients with Headache Disorders. Even neurologists, who specialize in brain disorders, don't necessarily have much knowledge about them. According to one study 64% of neurology residency programs spent just five hours on training in Headache Disorders.
(2) They see more Headache Disorders patients so they have a larger knowledge base of how patients respond to certain medications and your likely needs to draw from. This includes not only prescription medications, but also herbs and supplements, behavioral options and alternative and complementary medicine.
(3) They're likely to spend more time with you. Migraine specialists understand the necessity of taking their time with each patient to provide proper diagnose and treatment and have structured their practices in a way that makes this possible.
These links can help you find a Headache Disorders / Migraine specialist in or near your geographical area:
Doctors Certified in Headache Medicine via United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
Find a Health Care Professional via ACHE
Headache in Medical Education
Content by Diana E. Lee.DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.