Migraine and Other Headaches

( 2 )

Overview

Headache is the most common complaint for which people see neurologists and the seventh most common reason they visit their primary care doctors. It is the third most common cause of missed work, and can seriously undermine the quality of life if not effectively managed.

Migraine and Other Headaches is the essential guide for everyone who suffers from headaches, and will provide the information needed to obtain effective medical care and long-term relief. Different types of ...

See more details below
Paperback
$18.02
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$19.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (26) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $15.93   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Headache is the most common complaint for which people see neurologists and the seventh most common reason they visit their primary care doctors. It is the third most common cause of missed work, and can seriously undermine the quality of life if not effectively managed.

Migraine and Other Headaches is the essential guide for everyone who suffers from headaches, and will provide the information needed to obtain effective medical care and long-term relief. Different types of headache are thoroughly explained in easy to understand language, beginning with migraine, the most common severe headache, which occurs in approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. The authors discuss the different types of migraine: migraine without aura (previously called common migraine), migraine with aura, and basilar migraine. Emphasis is placed on the necessity of early treatment, the importance of understanding the difference between a headache cause and a headache trigger, and how to avoid common triggers. Rebound headache, caused by the overuse of acute medication, is a topic of special significance and is discussed in detail.

The book also considers tension-type headache, the most common primary headache disorder - 80 percent of us will have a tension-type headache at some time in our lives, cluster headache, unusual headaches, non-headache illnesses that frequently accompany headache, sinus headache, disorders of the neck, post-traumatic headache, and atypical facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia.

Treatment options for all types of headache are thoroughly discussed, including the treatment of migraine with medications that can be taken daily to help prevent headache, stop headache pain once it has begun, and prevent worsening of headaches. Responses to medication - both prescription and nonprescription - are highly individualized, and the physician will work with the headache sufferer in order to determine the most beneficial medication options. Managing headache pain goes beyond simply popping pills and, therefore, lifestyle issues are considered, including the possibility of depression or other psychological factors, and family relationships. The doctor may recommend changes in diet in order to avoid triggers, exercise, change in sleeping patterns, or relaxation techniques. Also included is information about alternative therapies, such as vitamins and herbal supplements, physical therapy, acupressure, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy, and yoga. Also covered are behavioral treatments, such as stress-management training and psychotherapy.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of the doctor/patient relationship should be a partnership with open communication, with the patient communicating goals and desires about the preferred headache management, the doctor contributing knowledge and values, and the final plan incorporating both perspectives.

Migraines and Headaches will help those suffering with headaches, and those who care for them, to gain a deeper understanding of what is known about headache and what is not known, allowing them to explore diagnosis and treatment with this knowledge in hand. It is the first volume in a new series sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, An AAN Press Quality of Life Guide.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Janine Good, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is a patient education tool sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology as one of their quality of life initiatives. It describes various types of headaches as well as management and treatment options.
Purpose: This book provides information for migraine and other headache sufferers to self-diagnose and to become involved in their own headache management and treatment approaches. It allows patients to become more informed, thereby becoming more active participants in their care.
Audience: Intended audience includes lay public, but anyone involved in the care of headache patients would benefit from reading this book.
Features: This book contains several chapters relating to distinguishing life-threatening headaches from the more common primary headache disorders. The central part of the book focuses on types of migraine and provides an extensive description of acute and preventive management. There is also a detailed chapter on alternative therapies. The remainder of the book details other types of primary headache disorders with extensive description of sinus disease, which is so often confused with migraine.
Assessment: This is a very informative book for headache education. The focus on patients empowerment to manage their own primary headache disorders is emphasized. The book even details criteria for the need to find a new headache doctor. The chapter on alternative therapies is well organized for the holistic enthusiast. Patients will find this practical, comprehensive, and informative and it will allow them to speak with their doctors more intelligently.
The New Zealand Medical Journal
"*****... From two great minds comes this equally great book... Kudos to the AAN for launching this series, and my highest compliments to Dr. Young and Dr. Silberstein for a job so very well done. Thank you." -- About.com

"[This book is] of help to both the physicians and the patients... I recommend this book for patients, medical students, residents, and physicians... an excellent buy."- Saudi Medical Journal

"The focus on uncovering the source of symptoms and various treatment options makes this medical handbook an excellent guide for sufferers seeking better care or more information."-- The Bookwatch

"Patients will find this practical, comprehensive, and informative and it will allow them to speak with their doctors more intelligently." -- Doody's Reviews

"[The book] succeeds in providing a comprehensive review of headache syndromes that is eminently readable both by patients and their doctors... an excellent review of not only conventional treatments but also alternative therapies."-- The New Zealand Medical Journal

From The Critics
Reviewer: Janine Good, MD(University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: "This is a patient education tool sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology as one of their quality of life initiatives. It describes various types of headaches as well as management and treatment options. "
Purpose: This book provides information for migraine and other headache sufferers to self-diagnose and to become involved in their own headache management and treatment approaches. It allows patients to become more informed, thereby becoming more active participants in their care.
Audience: Intended audience includes lay public, but anyone involved in the care of headache patients would benefit from reading this book.
Features: This book contains several chapters relating to distinguishing life-threatening headaches from the more common primary headache disorders. The central part of the book focuses on types of migraine and provides an extensive description of acute and preventive management. There is also a detailed chapter on alternative therapies. The remainder of the book details other types of primary headache disorders with extensive description of sinus disease, which is so often confused with migraine.
Assessment: This is a very informative book for headache education. The focus on patients empowerment to manage their own primary headache disorders is emphasized. The book even details criteria for the need to find a new headache doctor. The chapter on alternative therapies is well organized for the holistic enthusiast. Patients will find this practical, comprehensive, and informative and it will allow them to speak with their doctors more intelligently.

3 Stars from Doody
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

William B. Young, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Inpatient Program at the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. His publications include many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and miscellaneous publications. His special interests include post-traumatic headache, treatment of intractable migraine, and the role of managed care in the current health care setting.

Stephen D. Silberstein, MD, is Professor of Neurology and Director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and is Co-Director of the national and international Headache Guideline Project in cooperation with the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Dr Silberstein is presently the senior editor of the 7th edition of Wolff's Headache and Other Head Pain. He has over 250 publications to his credit and lectures extensively on the pathogenesis, neurobiology, diagnosis, and treatment of headache.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

History, Philosophy, and General Concepts
Just A Headache
History of Headache
Causes of Headache
Serious Headaches Requiring Medical Attention
Managing Migraine: An Overview
Primary Headache - Migraine
Migraine: The Big One
Treating Migraine with Medication
Alternative Therapies for Migraine
Other Primary Headaches and Associated Illness
Tension-Type Headache
Cluster Headache
Unusual Headaches
Non-headache Illnesses that Frequently Accompany Headache
Secondary Headache
Sinus Headache and Nasal Disease
Disorders of the Neck
Post-Traumatic Headache
Atypical Facial Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Migraine and Other Headaches

    An exceptional book!!! A definite 'must have' for any headache sufferer. Drs. Young and Silberstein have produced an extremely well written book. 'Migraine and Other Headaches' speaks directly to the average reader, with all essential terms spelled out in detail. The use of case studies, tables, and illustrations also aid the reader in their understanding of various concepts. From the fascinating history of headache to the description of countless headache types and therapies, this comprehensive text captures the essence of headache management. Two leading experts in their field, the authors stress the doctor/patient relationship as a partnership. This type of partnership can provide the patient with a sense of empowerment to take some control of their headaches. This reader firmly believes that a pleasant working relationship with their physician is crucial, particularly in headache management. Throughout the text, lifestyle changes have been incorporated as well as recommendations for maintaining daily routines. Additionally, medical therapies, such as various medications and their uses are fully examined. Alternative therapies are explained in detail as well, from herbs and supplements to acupuncture and relaxation techniques. This publication is also an excellent resource for family and friends of headache sufferers. Taking the time to read this book will hopefully provide some insight into their loved one's pain and difficulties. I highly recommend this book as an enhancement (or even a beginning) to any 'headache library'.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Migraine and Other Headaches

    An exceptional book!!! A definite 'must have' for any headache sufferer. Drs. Young and Silberstein have produced an extremely well written book. 'Migraine and Other Headaches' speaks directly to the average reader, with all key terms explained in simple language. The use of case studies, tables, and illustrations also aid the reader in their understanding of various concepts. From the fascinating history of headache to the description of numerous headache types and therapies, this well organized text captures the essence of headache management. Two leading experts in their field, the authors stress the doctor/patient relationship as a partnership. This type of partnership can provide the patient with a feeling of empowerment to take some control of their headaches. This reader firmly believes that a pleasant working relationship with their physician is vital, particularly in headache management. Throughout the book, lifestyle changes have been included as well as suggestions for maintaining daily routines. Additionally, medical therapies, such as various medications and their uses are studied. Alternative therapies are explained in detail as well, from herbs and supplements to acupuncture and relaxation methods. This publication is also an excellent resource for family and friends of headache sufferers. Taking the time to read this book will hopefully provide some sense of their loved one's pain and difficulties. I highly recommend this book as an addition, or perhaps a beginning, to any 'headache library'.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)