Headache Overview

People who seek relief from head and face pain, including migraine, benefit from the expertise of the Department of Neurology specialty group for headache. Our headache specialists have extensive experience and help thousands of people each year.

Your neurologist will coordinate your testing and pinpoint the cause of your pain, bringing together a multispecialty team as needed. Your care might involve experts in brain, spine and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), brain imaging (neuroradiology), dental specialties, or others as needed. These experts have access to advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques and tools, including stereotactic radiosurgery, Gamma Knife radiosurgery and microvascular decompression.

Conditions and symptoms

  • Benign intracranial hypertension
  • Chronic daily headache
  • Cluster headache
  • Complicated migraine
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Hypnic headache
  • Ice pick pain headache
  • Migraine
  • Migraine aura without headache
  • Migraine with aura
  • Migraine without aura
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Tension headache
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Research advances that improve clinical care

Our internationally recognized clinician-researchers and scientists study the causes of headache and face pain and new approaches to preventing and treating them. Learn more about headache research and migraine research.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.