Red Flags


Migraine is a primary headache disorder, and the first step in diagnosis is to exclude a secondary headache disorder, i.e., that which is caused by a possibly life-threatening condition. These red flags are sudden onset of headache (thunderclap headache or first-worst headache), age of onset after 50 years, fever, stiff neck. Conversly, signs that point to a primary rather than a secondary headache disorder include a long duration of similar headaches, family history of migraine, and menstrual exacerbation. Response to triptans is not diagnostic of migraine and may be seen in secondary headaches, including subarachnoid hemorrhage and meningitis.

Dr. Florin is committed to treating all patients compassionately with state-of-the-art techniques while maintaining their dignity and independence. He views each patient encounter as a collaboration. Dr Florin has over 35 years of experience. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Keck School of Medicine (USC) and is the founder and medical director of the Fullerton Neurology and Headache Center. He has been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association as a Physician of Excellence in Neurology. US News and World Report ranks him in the top 10% of neurologists nationwide.

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