Everything Health Guide to Migraines: Professional advice to help ease the pain and find the solution that's right for you (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]


If you are one of the 28 million Americans suffering from migraines, you know how hard it is to find relief. The Everything Health Guide to Migraines is your perfect resource for information about symptoms, coping methods, and both medicinal and natural treatment options for your migraines. This handbook provides clear, concise information to help you understand the problem ...
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If you are one of the 28 million Americans suffering from migraines, you know how hard it is to find relief. The Everything Health Guide to Migraines is your perfect resource for information about symptoms, coping methods, and both medicinal and natural treatment options for your migraines. This handbook provides clear, concise information to help you understand the problem and find a solution.

In this helpful guide, you'll find the knowledge you need to:

  • Identify the different types of migraines
  • Determine migraine myths and misconceptions
  • Get a proper diagnosis-the first step toward relief
  • Avoid migraine triggers
  • Choose traditional or alternative treatment options
This book will assist you in accurately diagnosing your condition and managing your physical and emotional health. It is your compass on the road to recovery and the future of your migraine care. With The Everything Health Guide to Migraines, you can say goodbye to migraine pain!

Paula Ford-Martin is a health writer with more than twelve years of experience who has suffered from migraines since childhood. She is the author of several Everything health guides. Paula has written extensively for traditional and alternative medicine publications. She lives in Connecticut.

Daniel Lachance, M.D., is a neurologist with more than twenty years of experience. A graduate of the Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Lachance is appointed in the Division of Regional Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. He runs his own practice in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440524226
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Everything
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Migraine Basics     1
Migraine by the Numbers     1
Types of Migraine     4
Anatomy of a Migraine     7
What Is Known, and Not Known     10
All about Auras     12
Migraine Myths and Misconceptions     14
When It's Not a Migraine     17
Cluster Headaches     17
Tension Headaches     23
Sinus/Nasal Problems     25
Central Nervous System Disorders     26
Cardiovascular Disorders     28
Vision Problems     30
Other Migraine Mimickers     31
Diagnosis     33
Keeping a Headache Diary     33
Screening Assessments     34
Medical History and Physical Exam     36
Neurological Evaluation and Workup     38
Neuroimaging     39
Lab Tests     42
Putting It All Together     43
Getting Help     45
Finding a Doctor     45
When It's Time for a Second Opinion     48
Migraine Specialists     49
Headache Clinics     51
Working Together     52
When It's anEmergency     55
Headache Diaries     59
Why Keep a Headache Diary?     59
What You Should Track     61
Making It Easy     64
Identifying Patterns     66
Sharing with Your Doctor     68
Assessing Effectiveness of Treatment     69
Avoiding Triggers     73
What Is a Trigger?     73
Lifestyle Triggers     74
Food Triggers     76
Weather Triggers     79
Travel Triggers     82
Sensory Triggers     83
Drug and Chemical Triggers     85
Hormonal Triggers     86
Acute Treatment Options     89
Pain Relievers (Nonopioid)     89
Pain Relievers (Opioid)     91
Ergot Derivatives     92
Triptans     94
Antinausea Medications     96
Avoiding Rebound Headaches     98
Bed Rest, Compresses, and Cold Packs     99
Biofeedback     100
Prophylactic Medications     105
Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)     105
Antidepressants     108
Beta-Blockers     109
Calcium Channel Blockers      110
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)     112
Angiotensin Blockade Agents     113
Other Migraine Preventatives     115
Alternative and Complementary Medicine     119
Vitamin B[subscript 2] (Riboflavin)     119
Niacin     121
Magnesium     122
Coenzyme Q10     124
Herbal Supplements     125
Smart Supplementation     128
Acupuncture     129
Avoiding Quackery     131
Recovery     135
A Safe Space     135
Comfort Measures     137
Sleep     137
Minimizing Stress     139
When You're Away from Home     142
Migraine "Hangover"     143
Women and Migraines     147
The Female Connection     147
Adolescence and Adulthood     151
The Menstrual Migraine     153
Birth Control Pills     156
Migraines During Pregnancy     157
Migraines and Menopause     159
Children and Headaches     161
The Youngest Patients     161
Getting a Diagnosis     162
Figuring Out Triggers      164
Treatment Safety     167
Nausea and Vomiting     170
School and Migraines     173
Helping Kids Cope     175
Men and Migraines     177
The Silent Minority     177
Migraine or Cluster Headache?     179
Testosterone and Male Headache     181
Heart Disease Connection     183
Overcoming Stereotypes     184
Special Issues     185
Living Life     189
Healthy Sleep Patterns     189
Exercise-Why It Works     191
Sex and Intimacy     193
Migraines in the Workplace     195
Seasonal Strategies     198
Travel     200
Inspiration: Famous Migraineurs     202
Family and Friends     205
Not "Just a Headache"     205
Educating Family and Friends     207
Peer Support Groups     208
Sanity Strategies for Parents     211
Putting Yourself First     215
When They Just Don't "Get It"     217
Your Emotional Health     219
Coming to Grips with a Chronic Disease     219
Coping Strategies     221
Stress Management      222
Psychological Triggers     225
Taking Time to Relax     226
Being an Empowered Patient     228
Headache-Free Diet     233
Avoiding Food Triggers     233
Reading Labels/Recognizing Hidden Triggers     236
Sugar and Sweeteners     238
Comfort Foods     240
Eating Out     242
Supermarket Tips     243
Drinking Smart: Alcohol and Caffeine     245
Advocacy and Your Rights     247
Disability     247
Facing Discrimination     251
Medical Records and Your Rights     254
Paying for Your Care     256
Dealing with Insurance Issues     258
Medicare and Migraines     261
Beyond Migraine: Comorbidities     265
Comorbidities: An Overview     265
Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease     266
Depression     269
Epilepsy     270
Asthma     273
Raynaud's Disease     274
Other Conditions     275
The Future of Migraine Care     279
Drugs in the Pipeline     279
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)      281
Occipital Nerve Stimulation     283
Identifying Genetic Connections     284
Clinical Trials-Are They for You?     286
Advances in Migraine Diagnosis     291
Additional Resources     293
General Migraine Information     293
Finding Your Health Care Team     293
Advocacy Organizations     294
Patient Assistance Programs     294
Support Groups     294
Sample Headache Diary     295
Emergency Patient Forms     297
Migraine Glossary     301
Index     306
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