UCSD HEADACHE CENTER HEADACHE QUESTIONNAIRE
TO ALL HEADACHE CLINIC PATIENTS:
We would appreciate your cooperation in filling out this form. In our evaluation of headache, your history is typically our most valuable tool for diagnosis and subsequent treatment. If you have any questions regarding this form, please ask.
Date of birth: Address:
How were you referred to the UCSD Headache Clinic?,
Who is your primary physician?
B. Headache History
How old were you when you had your first significant headache?_
Over the past 2 months, how many individual headache attacks have you averaged per month?
How long does a typical headache attack last?
d) > 12-24 hr_ e) > 24-48hr_ f) > 48-72hr_
g) > 72 hr h) constant i) too variable j) unknown
Has there been any recent change in the character or frequency of your headaches? No Yes
If yes, please specify what type of change:
Check any of the following factors which seem to trigger a headache attack in you:
□ emotional stress
□ missing meals
□ changes in weather
Are your headaches ever incapacitating (e.g., have to leave work or school or lie down undisturbed)? No_____Yes_____
How many days per month are you incapacitated by headache?__________
Where on this line does your typical (average) headache fall?
no pain unbearable pain
Overall, how disabled do you feel you have been by headaches over the past 2 months?
no problem with headaches totally disabled by frequent/severe headache
Is your headache pain ever throbbing? No______Yes_____Unknown__________
(If yes, what percent of your headache attacks involve "throbbing" pain?_%
Is your headache ever localized to one side?____________ % ____________________
Does your headache typically occur at a certain time of day or on certain days of the week or month? No____Yes_____(If yes, please describe__________________________ )
Do you have any warning symptoms which alert you that you are going to have a headache attack? No___Yes____(If yes, what type of warning do you have?______
Do you ever experience any of the following symptoms in association with your headache attacks (before, during, or after)? Please check the appropriate boxes:
□ nausea (with what % of attacks do you experience nausea?_%
□ vomiting (with what % of attacks do you experience vomiting?__________ %
□ visual changes (e.g., visual distortion, "flash cubes," "zig-zags," "blind spots," "sparkles"). (Please describe:_).
□ inability to tolerate bright light (photophobia)
□ inability to tolerate loud noise (phonophobia)
□ numbness and/or tingling in face, arm, or leg (Please describe:
□ speech disturbance (Please describe:______________________).
□ vertigo (i.e., a spinning/"merry-go-around" sensation)
□ extreme thirst, food cravings (Please describe:_________________________).
What makes your headache worse?____________________________________
What seems to help your headache?
C. Medical and Social History
Are you currently having difficulties with your sleeping (insomnia, early morning awakening, "always sleepy," etc.)? No____Yes____
Do you consider yourself to be currently under a significant amount of stress? No_____
Do you adhere to a regular exercise program? No____ Yes____
Do you sleep at regular intervals? No_Yes_
Are you currently receiving formal treatment (counseling and/or medications) for anxiety or depression? No Yes
Please check the appropriate boxes:
□ history of snoring
□ history of lung disease
□ history of thyroid disease
□ treated for depression in past
□ recent weight loss
□ past or present problems with significant motion sickness
□ do you smoke cigarettes now? (Number of cigarettes per day_)
□ any significant head injury? (If yes, within the past six months? No_Yes_)
□ history of seizures
□ any other significant medical or psychiatric problem or conditions for which you are under medical care? If yes, please explain:
What medications are you presently taking? (Please include over-the-counter medications, herbs, and birth control pills):
Have you taken oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement therapy in the past? No Yes (If yes, effect on your headaches? Better worse no change _can't recall_)
Have you been pregnant? No Yes (If yes, effect on your headaches?
Better worse no change can' t recall
Have you seen a doctor in the past for your headaches? No Yes His/Her diagnosis (if known):
Have you had a CAT scan in the past? No Yes Unknown
Have you had a brain MRI scan in the past? No Yes Unknown
What medications have you tried in the past for your headaches (e.g., Inderal, Cafergot,
Is there anything else you think is pertinent for your doctor to know?
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