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This App May Help Reduce Migraine Attacks by Nearly 30%

A new study found relaxation techniques can help cut monthly migraine attacks.

10 Ways to Stop a Migraine Before It Starts

Keeping a diary of your triggers is one way to minimize your risk of a migraine. Find out what else you can do.

Please Don’t Call My Migraine ‘Just A Headache’

Migraines are debilitating; they’re not just little headaches. But people often misunderstand this and assume that a migraine isn’t a big deal. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Meredith Barad, a clinical associate professor of anesthesia and neurology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics discusses migraines and the prejudices that all pain patients experience.

Common Types of Migraine and Related Symptoms

Out of the 37 million Americans living with migraine, no two patients are exactly alike. Migraine attacks can occur in a variety of different frequencies and severities, and come with a wide range of symptoms. In a recent Facebook Live event hosted by the American Migraine Foundation, Dr. Nada Ahmad Hindiyeh, a neurologist and headache specialist at Stanford University, discussed the most common types of migraine attacks. By becoming aware of their symptoms, patients can work toward discovering the most effective treatment options for them.

5 Things to Know Before Beginning Acupuncture

For people living with migraine, acupuncture treatment can be an effective form of preventive treatment and pain management. In a recent Facebook Live, Dr. Niushen Zhang discussed five things you should know to determine if acupuncture is right for you. Dr. Zhang is the Director of the Headache Fellowship Program at Stanford University and trained in acupuncture at the Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco.

Headaches Sufferers: Are You Misdiagnosing Your Pain?

When a headache comes on, sometimes you can just pop a pill and the pain goes away—end of story. But not all headaches quit that easily. If you’ve had a few that made you nauseous and foggy-brained, you might automatically assume that you have migraines. If you’re congested, you might assume sinus headache. But the truth is that it’s easy to misdiagnose the type of headache you’re having. This guide will better help you interpret what you’re feeling so you can take the right action.

The Confusing Migraine: Aura Without Pain

It’s one of the scariest experiences you’re likely to have—suddenly and for no apparent reason, you see a blank, black area in your vision. Then come black zigzag lines, sparklers, brilliant globes of color or some other sort of light show. Next, these strange visual disturbances start moving to your other eye. You might think you’re losing your vision. But within an hour, the show is over, your vision is back to normal and you feel fine again. What’s going on?

Nada Hindiyeh, MD, director of clinical research and clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, Stanford University explains.

8 Home Remedies for Migraine Pain

There are a lot of things that you can do to prevent headaches from starting in the first place,” says Robert P. Cowan, MD, a professor of neurology and the director of the Headache Program at Stanford University Medicine, as well as “to decrease their frequency, severity, and duration.” Here are eight ways in which you may be able to reduce migraine pain.

Stanford headache specialist demystifies migraine auras

Nada Hindiyeh, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, explains symptoms and causes of migraine auras. 

11 Ways To Stop A Migraine From Happening & Feel Better ASAP

Here are eleven ways to stop a migraine from happening and to start feeling back to normal and in a healthier state of mind.

Five Questions: Cowan on how to prevent, manage headaches

As someone who has managed his own migraines for years, Stanford headache expert Robert Cowan offers advice to those who experience chronic headaches.

'Alice in Wonderland Syndrome' Caused by Acid Flashback

Named after the famous children's book, "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome" is marked by visual disturbances that cause objects to look too big, too small, too close or too far away.

Pregnancy often leads to changes in migraines

Women who suffer from migraines may notice changes in their headache patterns when they're pregnant, experts say.

Director of Stanford Headache Clinic answers your questions on migraines and headache disorders

Migraines and other forms of headache disorders can cause debilitating pain, disrupt lives and lead to large economic and societal costs. At the Stanford Headache Clinic, director Robert Cowan, MD, who has suffered migraines his entire life, works with colleagues to relieve patients’ pain through a treatment approach focusing on prevention and integrating medical, physical, psychological and complementary medicine. 

Migraine 101: A 3-Step Guide to Managing Headaches

Why me? Every headache sufferer asks this question at some point. In this video, Robert Cowan, MD, migraine researcher and director of our Headache Clinic, shares his insights on how to manage your migraines – a condition that he and the more than 10,000 patients he has cared for suffer from.

Migraine-plagued middle-school student returns to normal life

Jaden Turner suffered from migraine headaches so severe that on many days exposure to anything more than dim light or a soft voice was agonizingly painful. 

Headache Annual Meetings

November 21-24, 2019, American Headache Society Annual Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ

January 24-25, 2020, Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, Ojai, CA

June 4-7, 2020, American Headache Society Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA

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