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Migraine and Other Headaches
     

Migraine and Other Headaches

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by William B. Young, Stephen D. Silberstein
 

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"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

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"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."

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932603033
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
AAN Press Quality of Life Guide Series
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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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.

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Migraine and Other Headaches 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.