Preparing for your Appointment

We are delighted you have chosen UT Southwestern Medical Center to evaluate your headache condition.

At your appointment, you will be asked to describe your headaches in detail.

Please be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • Describe an episode (if they are episodic) from beginning to end.
  • What were some warning signs?
  • Where was the location?
  • Describe the character and severity of the pain.
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or odors?
  • Did movement or physical activity affect the pain?
  • Are there any other symptoms with the headache?
  • Have you noticed any triggers (food, beverages, environmental, stress)?
  • How do your headaches affect your life, even when you are not having one?
  • Does anyone else in your family have headaches? If so, who? What type of headaches do/did they have? If they found a successful treatment, what was it?

You’ll also be asked to fill out a medication sheet. Please bring a list of everything you are taking, even herbal and over-the-counter medications, and the dosage.

If you keep a headache calendar, bring it with you. Otherwise, try to keep a calendar or diary prior to your visit.

New patients should bring all pertinent medical records to their first appointment or verify that our staff has received them from your referring physician. These records can include reports, X-ray films, and test results.

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the check-in process. You should anticipate spending about three hours in the office during your initial visit. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or scented lotions.

New patients should also remember to bring the name of their insurance provider and policy/group number and the name and telephone number of the referring physician. Co-payments are expected at the time of service.

All new patients will be seen by a physician, physical therapist, and a psychologist, if needed. UT Southwestern is a teaching program, so a medical student, resident, or fellow may also be involved in your evaluation.

We look forward to your visit and the opportunity to participate in your care.