Managing Your Headaches / Edition 2

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Overview

Frequent headaches seriously affect the lives of millions of sufferers. The result can be lost productivity and income, restrict activity, lower self-esteem, and even social isolation. For many, it takes years to find the appropriate medication to manage your headaches effectively.

In Managing Your Headaches, Mark and Leah Green and John Rothrock explain what information you should record for your physician, what a physician is looking for in a neurological examination, and what you should (and should not) do to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. They discuss the effects of stress, psychological factors, possible food triggers, and environmental risk factors. The authors explain the symptoms of migraine, cluster, and tension-type headaches as well as less common types. They address common concerns and misconceptions and explain current knowledge about headache causes in understandable terms.

The newest, most effective medications and their possible side effects are evaluated. The authors also explain how to prevent rebound headaches from over-medications and how non-medical treatments can be of value.

Managing Your Headaches will tell you what you need to know to better control your headaches. Armed with the information in this book, you can be aware of the latest treatment options and can have more productive, informed discussions with your physician.

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Reviewer: Trupti Gokani, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a practical guide to understanding headaches. The author's style is simple, using bold print to emphasize important points. The material is organized in a very light, patient friendly manner.
Purpose: The purpose is to help patients fully understand the different types of headaches, treatment modalities, impact on daily living, etc. The objective is quite worthy, since many individuals suffer from headaches and their complaints are often overlooked. The book nicely meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is written for patients. The author has trained in neurology and runs a headache clinic.
Features: The book is an overview of every aspect of headaches. The table of contents is set up in a "patient concern" layout. Each chapter addresses a specific patient complaint, such as "Are you sure that I don't have a brain tumor?" (Chapter 4) It would have been helpful to have some diagrams/illustrations/tables just to break the text at times.
Assessment: This is a nice overview of the diagnosis, management, and treatment of headaches. It would be helpful to patients seeking to learn more about their ailments.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387222516
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 804,943
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Headache for History Buffs.- When Is a Headache More Than “Just a Headache?”: The Secondary Headaches.- The Primary Headache Syndromes: When Is a Headache “Just a Headache?”.- The Pharmacologic Treatment of Migraine.- Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Migraine.- Your Visit to the Doctor.- What to Expect.

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