Migraine Disability Assessment

MIDAS test for migraine headaches

MIDAS test for migraine headaches

Migraines are intense headaches that can make it difficult to work, take care of household chores or even spend time with friends and family. The MIDAS (migraine disability assessment) questionnaire can help your doctor assess the impact your headaches are causing on your life and determine the best treatment option for you.

Answer the following questions about the headaches of any kind you’ve experienced over the past three months. Use zero for questions where you have not experienced any activity disruption during the past three months.

  • How many days have you missed work or school because of a headache?
  • Not including the days from question one, how many days have you lost productivity by at least half at school or work?
  • How many days have you skipped performing household chores or regular household activities because of a headache?
  • Not including the days from question two, how many days was your productivity in performing household chores reduced by at least half?
  • How many days did you miss leisure or social activities because of your headaches?

What is your total score?

MIDAS score


MIDAS grade


Little or no disability



Mild disability



Moderate disability



Severe disability


Additional migraine questions

The frequency and intensity of your migraine are important for your doctor to know when prescribing a treatment plan. Over the past three months:

  • How many days have you had a headache? Note that if a headache lasted more than one day, count each day.
  • On average, how painful were the headaches?

Use a scale of 0-10 with 0 being no pain and 10 being the most painful.

Print out the MIDAS migraine assessment to take to your doctor (PDF, 61 KB).