Headache and Facial Pain Clinic

The Stanford Headache and Facial Pain Clinic treats all types of headaches including migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, hypnic headaches and cluster headaches.

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Headaches

What to Expect: Information for Migraine Sufferers

Migraines are not your fault.  Migraine is a genetic and chronic disease like asthma or diabetes, not a psychological or social condition. There is currently no cure for migraines, however, as with other chronic diseases we are becoming increasingly skilled in managing the condition. This means taking measures to identify the triggers that bring on headaches, modify lifestyle to avoid them, and use medications and other therapeutic modalities to treat headaches when they occur.

It is the rare patient who discovers the "cause" for their headaches. For the overwhelming majority of migraine sufferers, it is a combination of little things like adjusting sleep, eating and exercise or avoiding certain partial triggers that seem to contribute. Migraine changes as we move through life stages and what works at one point may become less effective at another point. Similarly, what did not work in one set of circumstances may become effective when those circumstances change.

The bottom line is that migraine can be managed, but it requires vigilance, openness, attention to detail, awareness of your environment and the help of a knowledgeable, involved, and compassionate team of healthcare providers to gain and maintain control and to evolve the treatment plan as your life evolves. Every migraineur is different and no website will replace a careful history and examination with a qualified headache specialist.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients

We will work with your insurance company to secure authorization prior to your visit. If we do not have authorization before your visit, you will be required to pay.

Please confirm the location of your appointment as our doctors see patients in multiple locations.

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Return the completed headache history form at least one week prior to your first appointment.

Your first clinic visit may last up to three hours.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANSFER CENTER

Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

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