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Advice on managing migraines

Those who regularly suffer migraines and headaches know that there is no one-size-fits-all remedy for the pain. Headache disorders are complex conditions that require a multi-pronged treatment plan. That's why Robert Cowan, MD, director of the Stanford Headache Clinic, recommends a thee-step approach to managing migraines and headaches: observing and identifying triggers, developing an effective treatment strategy and modifying lifestyle to avoid future episodes. In the animated video above, Cowan explains how these steps can help individuals gain insights into their own headache conditions and prove useful in working with their doctors to develop a prevention plan.

On a related note, Cowan is taking questions this week about managing migraines and headaches. Questions can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #AskSUMed or through the comments section on Scope. Questions will be taken until Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

Previously: Ask Stanford Med: Director of Stanford Headache Clinic taking questions on headache disorders, Managing headache disorders during the holidays and New Stanford headache clinic taking an interdisciplinary approach to brain pain

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