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Misdiagnosis of Migraine

Misdiagnosis of Migraine

A diagnosis of migraine may be overlooked or delayed because symptoms may not occur very often. In addition, some symptoms, such as visual disturbances, numbness, dizziness, and headache can mimic symptoms of other conditions, such as a stroke, transient ischemia attack, psychosis, retinal detachment, cluster headaches, tension headache, brain tumor, subdural hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage....more about Migraine »

Alternative diagnoses list for Migraine:

For a diagnosis of Migraine, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Migraine:

Diseases for which Migraine may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Migraine is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Migraine: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Migraine may include these medical conditions:

  • Genetic causes - autosomal dominance
  • Secondary to brain dysfunction
  • Depolarization theory
  • Vascular theory
  • Family history of migraine headaches (70-80%)
  • Medications (ie, birth control pills, vasodilators)
  • more causes...»

Rare Types of Migraine:

  • Exertion related migraine
  • Medication related migraine
  • Food and alcohol related migraine
  • More rare types »

Migraine: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Migraine: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Migraine:

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

The similarity between migraine and symptoms of TIA can cause problems in diagnosis. The rare person under age 40 who suffers a TIA may be misdiagnosed as having migraine; similarly, TIA-prone older patients who suffer migraine may be misdiagnosed as having stroke-related headaches. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

MIGRAINE HEADACHES: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Tension headaches are usually described as a continuous pressure pain or tightness of varying severity over the entire head, whereas migraine headaches are a severe, throbbing pain over one or both temples, or behind one eye or ear, and are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. (Source: excerpt from MIGRAINE HEADACHES: NWHIC)

Common Misdiagnoses and Migraine

Migraine an undiagnosed cause of headache: It is surprising that many migraine sufferers are not initially diagnosed. Although the condition is fairly well known, there are also many other causes of headache, and the diagnsosis of migraine is not always straight forward. See the introduction to migraine or other causes of headache (and types of headache).

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash with redness and warmth, but not necessarily a physical breast lump. This type of breast cancer should be considered as an uncommon possibility for certain types of breast symptoms.

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes. However, there are also various other causes. See causes of leg cramps or misdiagnosis of diabetes.

Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis. The condition goes by the name of "mild traumatic brain injury" (MTBI). MTBI symptoms can be mild, and can continue for days or weeks after the injury. See the symptoms of MTBI or misdiagnosis of MTBI.

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), for which the symptoms are typically mild. The symptoms has also relate to a relatively mild brain injury (e.g. fall), that could have occurred days or even weeks ago. Vestibular dysfunction, causing vertigo-like symptoms, is a common complication of mild brain injury. See causes of dizziness, causes of vertigo, or misdiagnosis of MTBI.

Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return. A variety of symptoms can occur in post-concussion syndrome and these were not being correctly attributed to their concussion injury. See introduction to concussion.

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children. See misdiagnosis of migraine or introduction to migraine.

Undiagnosed celiac disease in pregnancy harms fetus: The failure to diagnose the common but less known digestive disease celiac disease (see symptoms of celiac disease) is linked to adverse fetal outcomes. See misdiagnosis of celiac disease.

Pituitary conditions often undiagnosed cause of symptoms: There are a variety of symptoms that can be caused by a pituitary disorder (see symptoms of pituitary disorders). For example, fatigue, headache, weight gain, diabetes-like symptoms, and various other symptoms. Pituitary tumors and other similar conditions are not as rare as physicians tend to believe. See introduction to pituitary conditions.

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency or misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status can affect her level of fertility. Although obesity or overweight can in themselves reduce fertility, there are other weight-related or associated medical conditions that further reduce fertility. Some of these hidden causes include COPD, diabetes, thyroid disorders (overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid) and metabolic syndrome. See also other causes of infertility.

Migraine: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Migraine:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Migraine:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Migraine or confirming a diagnosis of Migraine, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Migraine may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Migraine. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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