Migraine: The Complete Guide


This ground-breaking resource for people with migraines contains the most up-to-date information on breakthrough drug therapies and specific techniques to help control migraines.

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This ground-breaking resource for people with migraines contains the most up-to-date information on breakthrough drug therapies and specific techniques to help control migraines.

Mapping your unique migraine profile/breakthrough drug therapies/control of migraines/migraines & children/etc.

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Library Journal
These two books aim to help migraine sufferers regain control of their lives. Each achieves this goal by thoroughly discussing the diagnosis, treatment, and impact of environmental factors and lifestyle on migraines, and each combines input from medical professionals with a readable style. Written by two experienced journalists in the health field in conjunction with The American Council on Headache Education, Migraine: The Complete Guide covers topics not found in Managing Your Migraine: migraine demographics, migraine in men and children, and coping with family, school, office, traveling, and health insurance. The strength of Managing Your Migraine lies in its emphasis on research and the provision of a thorough bibliography. The citations are primarily from professional books and journals published between 1987 and 1992. Burks, who has a master's in counseling, encourages a continuous process of keeping up with the latest research and promotes the use of libraries, health agencies, and periodical subscriptions to do so. She also places a greater emphasis on diet, devoting two chapters to the topic, with appendixes of recipes and food charts. While both books discuss the latest drug, Imitrex, Burks provides more practical information for its use and details potential problems caused by nonmigraine drugs. With 23 million Americans suffering from migraines, including 20 percent of all U.S. women, there is room for both these reasonably priced books in all public and consumer health education libraries.-Mary Prottsman, Medical Lib., Enterprise, Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440504580
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 1,479,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Foreword 1
Introduction 5
Part 1 Understanding Migraine
Chapter 1 What Is Migraine? 11
An Illness, Not a Symptom 13
What Does Migraine Feel Like? 14
The Impact of Migraine 15
Chapter 2 Myths About Migraine 19
Replacing Myths with Facts 20
Chapter 3 Who Gets Migraine? 30
How Many People Have Migraine? 31
Migraine by Gender 31
Migraine by Age 32
Migraine by Race 33
Migraine by Socioeconomic Group 34
How Often Do Migraineurs Have Attacks? 34
How Common Are Disabling Migraines? 35
How Do International Statistics Compare to Those of the U.S.? 35
Chapter 4 The Causes of Migraine 36
Neurobiology and Migraine 37
A Possible Migraine Scenario 38
The Role of the Pain-Control System 40
The Role of Female Hormones 41
Is Migraine a Distinct Form of Headache Disorder? 42
Is Migraine Inherited? 43
Chapter 5 Types of Migraine and Characteristics of the Migraine Attack 46
Types of Migraine 46
Less Common Variants of Migraine 49
The Characteristics of a Migraine Attack 50
Cyclical Patterns of Migraine 55
Chapter 6 Migraine Triggers 57
An Activator, Not a Cause 58
A Sensitivity--Not an Allergy 59
Potential Migraine Triggers 60
Chapter 7 Migraine and Other Types of Headache 68
Major Classifications of Headache 69
Headache Types in Combination 71
Chronic Daily Headache 72
Less Common Types of Headache 72
Part 2 Treatment for Migraine
Chapter 8 The Migraineur's Bill of Rights 79
Chapter 9 Finding the Right Help 82
The Treatment Partnership 83
Levels of Care for Migraine Headaches 86
The Role of the Hospital Emergency Department in Migraine Treatment 96
Judging "Success" in Treatment 98
Migraine Treatment and Money 99
Chapter 10 Your Part in the Treatment Process 101
Creating Your Migraine Profile 102
Communicating Clearly About Pain 104
Keeping a Headache Diary 105
Keeping a Watch for Migraine Triggers 108
Chapter 11 Diagnosing Migraine 109
The Migraine Workup 110
Common Diagnostic Procedures 111
Other Diagnostic Tests 113
Referral to Other Specialists 114
Accepting the Diagnosis 115
Chapter 12 Medications for Migraine: General Information 116
Types of Medication for Migraine 117
The Migraine Treatment Plan 118
An Important Consideration: Following the Medication Schedule 119
Too Much of a Good Drug Can Be Bad 121
Medication Interactions 122
Migraine Medications During Pregnancy 122
Do Migraine Medications Lose Their Effectiveness over Time? 123
Chapter 13 Medications for Migraine: Acute Treatment and Pain Relief 125
Relief from Stomach Distress 126
Relief from Pain 128
The Importance of Sleep 140
Treatment of Aura 141
Chapter 14 Medications for Migraine: Prevention and Case Studies 150
A Common Misunderstanding About Migraine Preventives 151
Preventive Drugs Used for Migraine 152
Migraine Relief with the Help of Medication: Three Case Studies 156
Chapter 15 Nondrug Therapies 160
Treatment or Placebo? 161
Chapter 16 Self-Help 182
Basic Principles of Self-Care 183
Self-Help Remedies 184
Don't Blame Yourself for Failure 186
Chapter 17 Menstrual Migraine 187
True Menstrual Migraine 188
Treatment for Menstrual Migraine 188
Menstrual Migraine and PMS 189
Pregnancy and Menstrual Migraine 189
The Pill and Menstrual Migraine 190
Menopause, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, and Menstrual Migraine 191
Chapter 18 Migraine in Children 193
How Migraine in Children Differs from Migraine in Adults 194
Signs of Migraine in Children 195
Treating Migraine in Children 195
Psychological Issues in Childhood Migraine 197
Chapter 19 Migraine in Men 200
Self-Misdiagnosis and Self-Maltreatment 201
Are Men's Migraines Different? 202
Chapter 20 Uncommon Complications of Migraine 204
Status Migrainosus 204
Migraine-Related Stroke 205
Chapter 21 Medication Overuse and Rebound Headaches 207
Understanding the Rebound Phenomenon 208
Undermining Preventive Efforts 209
Special Dangers of Ergotamine 210
How Rebound Headaches Are Treated 210
Chapter 22 When Treatment Doesn't Seem to Help 212
Possible Barriers to Treatment Success 213
True Intractable Migraine 214
Chapter 23 The Future of Migraine Treatment 216
Sumatriptan 217
The Future: Receptor-Targeted Designer Drugs 218
Part 3 Living with Migraine
Chapter 24 Coping with Emotions 221
Starting a Support Group 224
Getting Professional Help from a Therapist 226
Tapping Your Most Important Resource 228
Chapter 25 Migraine and Family Life 230
The Dynamics of Migraine 231
Feeling Alone 232
Migraine and Sexual Intimacy 232
Migraine and the Family Budget 233
Migraine and Parenting 234
The Loaded Issue of "Secondary Gain" 236
Your Built-in Support Group 237
Chapter 26 Living with a Migraineur: Special Advice for Family Members 241
A Mix of Emotions 242
The Best Ways to Help 243
Taking Care of Yourself 245
The Ultimate Goal: A Partnership of Hope 246
Chapter 27 Migraine at the Office 248
To Disclose or Not to Disclose? 249
Health Insurance and the Migraineur 250
Self-Employment: An Equivocal Answer 251
Enlightened Employers 252
Chapter 28 Migraine at School 255
A Kind, Effective Antidote to School Phobia 256
Special Needs Programs 257
Learning Disabilities and Migraine: Is There a Link? 259
Guidance Counselors and Migraine 260
Higher Education and the Child with Migraine 261
Chapter 29 Traveling with Migraine 262
Surviving a Migraine While Traveling 263
Self-Help for Migraineurs on the Go 263
Chapter 30 Health Insurance Issues 268
Traditional Health Insurance Policies 269
Headache Care in HMOs 270
Medicare and Medicaid 271
Taking Charge of Your Insurance 272
Chapter 31 Society and Migraine 274
The Importance of Visibility 274
Fighting for Your Rights 275
The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Means of Achieving Fairness 276
Education: The Number One Task 278
Resources 279
The American Association for the Study of Headache (AASH) 279
The American Council for Headache Education (ACHE) 280
Headache Support Groups 281
For Further Reading 283
Index 284
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Good Book

    Chapters and sections are broken down very well. Provides alternative therapies/which doctors are best suited for the condition/differences between migraine, cluster, etc. I've suffered with migraine for 20 years and thought I knew pretty much everything. This book clarified some issues and informed me of there were other solutions. Good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    A MUST READ!!!

    This book covers everything (types, symptoms, triggers, prescription and non-prescription drugs, the emotional impact, the scientific explanation, warnings about children with migraines, EVERYTHING) you need to know about migraines and it answers the questions you never thought to ask. I've shared my copy with three of my colleagues (all quite impressed). Now, I've come back to BUY A COPY FOR MY MOTHER-IN-LAW!!!

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