Breaking the Headache Cycle: Steps to Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

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Two headache specialists offer their innovative Headache Reduction Program, for treating and preventing recurring headaches

Twenty-eight million people in the United States suffer from chronic, recurrent, often disabling headaches-half of them forgoing medical attention in favor of analgesics that do nothing to prevent the next one. In Breaking the Headache Cycle , the authors-migraine sufferers themselves-present the integrated Headache ...

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Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

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Overview

Two headache specialists offer their innovative Headache Reduction Program, for treating and preventing recurring headaches

Twenty-eight million people in the United States suffer from chronic, recurrent, often disabling headaches-half of them forgoing medical attention in favor of analgesics that do nothing to prevent the next one. In Breaking the Headache Cycle , the authors-migraine sufferers themselves-present the integrated Headache Reduction Program (HARP) that they developed at the Princeton Headache Clinic.

Based on the central insights that the predisposition to headaches is a sign of an unusually sensitive nervous system and that drugs are only one component of the most successful treatment plans, this remarkable program instructs readers in a range of techniques, including:

- how to relieve the pain of migraines
- how to detect and ward off oncoming headaches
- how to prevent migraines from even threatening

The innovative solutions detailed in Breaking the Headache Cycle range from simple breathing exercises and dietary changes to support groups and the latest medications. In this thorough and accessible guide, the authors promise new relief for those already being treated for recurring headaches and for those who currently suffer in silence.

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Library Journal
It is estimated that 28 million Americans experience chronic severe headaches that disrupt their lives daily. Over half are incorrectly diagnosed and thus do not receive appropriate treatment. At least 95 percent of migraine, tension, and cluster headache sufferers are viewed as having an enhanced, biologically based response to stress that is stronger than that of the general population. Livingstone and Novak, medical director and cofounder of Princeton University's Headache Reduction Program (HARP), respectively, believe this enhanced response to stress can be harnessed to recognize stressors in life as well as to adapt and change for overall headache reduction. Here, they outline the HARP program, an incorporation of prescription drugs (when necessary) and aspects of complementary medicine; nondrug methods (e.g., relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and yoga) can be used without attending the program. Consequently, the authors dedicate several pages to instructions for each method. Paul Drucko's Taking Control of Your Headache takes a more integrative approach, emphasizing the need for complete and thorough diagnosis, and offers more complete coverage of headache causes; it also includes a wider scope of nondrug therapies (e.g., behavioral therapy). Recommended with reservations for medium to large public and consumer libraries.-Janice Flahiff, Medical Coll. of Ohio Lib., Toledo Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805072211
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,561,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Livingstone, M.D., a board-certified neurologist, is medical director of the Princeton Headache Clinic. The Castle Connoly Guide lists him as one of the top doctors in the New York metropolitan area. Donna Novak, R.N., is a board-certified nurse practitioner in women's health and a co-founder of the Princeton Headache Clinic. Novak is currently an editorial director for Nursing Spectrum magazine.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Book Review: Breaking the Headache Cycle by Ian Livingstone, MD & Donna Novak, RN

    I suffer from chronic migraines. I have since I was about 12 years old. Their frequency, duration, and intensity vary depending upon the current events in my life, but I've never been able to feel like I had any sense of control over them and essentially my life because of them.

    From the first page...I kept saying.."Yes..that perfectly describes me" and I was hooked. I could relate to almost everything in the book and it all started coming together for me. Symptoms, triggers, OTC drug dependency, etc...

    This book written by medical professionals who are also migraine sufferers - gives me hope. Hope that I can gain back some control...hope that I can reduce the intensity and frequency of my headaches. I definitely reccomend this to anyone that suffers from headaches and truly wants a better understanding of their causes and some simple techniques for taking back one's life.

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