The Woman's Guide to Managing Migraine: Understanding the Hormone Connection to find Hope and Wellness

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Headache in women is truly a major health issue. Every year, over 22 million women in the United States suffer from migraine headache, often debilitating attacks that can leave the sufferer bedridden and that, in many cases, can undermine both one's career and even one's marriage. The Woman's Guide to Managing Migraine is a concise and practical handbook that gives female headache sufferers all the tools they need to work with their healthcare providers to properly diagnose types of headache and develop the best ...

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Overview

Headache in women is truly a major health issue. Every year, over 22 million women in the United States suffer from migraine headache, often debilitating attacks that can leave the sufferer bedridden and that, in many cases, can undermine both one's career and even one's marriage. The Woman's Guide to Managing Migraine is a concise and practical handbook that gives female headache sufferers all the tools they need to work with their healthcare providers to properly diagnose types of headache and develop the best possible treatment plans. A headache specialist, family practice physician, and fellow migraine sufferer, Dr. Susan Hutchinson introduces the reader to seven women with different lives—ranging from a nineteen-year-old college student, to a twenty-nine-year-old attorney, to a fifty-five-year- old mother of three grown children—different women with the common thread of suffering from disabling monthly migraines. As these women's lives unfold throughout the book, the reader gains insight into their own headache experience. Readers will learn about hormonal therapy, preventive strategies, and treatment options, ranging from the most promising new drugs to the most effective complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Hutchinson answers common questions, such as how to plan for pregnancy and how to manage family and work life while coping with ongoing migraine attacks. She shows you how to carefully maintain your body and brain to minimize disruptions that can trigger a migraine, how to keep a migraine diary, how to find a headache-focused provider in your area, and how to make the most out of a visit to your doctor. The book includes a "headache quiz" that will determine if you are having true migraines. The time in a woman's life when migraine is most common—her twenties through her early fifties—represents her peak earning- power and child-raising years. The Woman's Guide to Managing Migraine will empower women to take charg

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The vast majority of migraine suffers are women, many whose estrogen level fluctuations are related to their headaches. Hutchinson (family medicine, Univ. of California, Irvine) has written a very thorough, eminently readable guide that tracks the case histories of seven women as they navigate diagnoses and treatment options. Although Paul Rizzoli, Elizabeth Loder, and Liz Neporent’s 2012 The Migraine Solution: A Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management covers many of the same topics, this book focuses on the roles that hormones play in the development of menstrual migraines, many of which interfere with quality of life. Hutchinson emphasizes the roles of oral contraceptives, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and the use of anti-epileptics, anti-hypertensives, and antidepressants in migraine prevention. There is a brief chapter about nonpharmacological treatment, including herbals and psychological interventions. Chapters close with references, almost all of which are from the professional literature, but medical and scientific information is integrated seamlessly, for the most part, into the text.

Verdict This well-written book by an expert in the field (who is herself a headache sufferer) is sure to be a popular purchase for any public library or consumer health collection.—Martha Stone, Treadwell Lib., Boston
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199744800
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 573,950
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Hutchinson, MD, is Director and Founder of the Orange County Migraine and Headache Center in Irvine, California. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UC-Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Hutchinson is a national speaker on both migraines and depression and was awarded the National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award in February 2003 in recognition of her contribution to headache education. She is a regular contributor to Migraine.com.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. How Common are Headaches?

3. What Causes Headaches?

4. What Kind of Headache do I have?

5. Common Associated Conditions

6. How Headaches are Treated

7. Estrogen and Headache

8. Non-Pharmacologic Therapies

9. What if I am Pregnant or Breast-Feeding?

10. Women Helping Women

11. Headache and the Family

12. Finding a Health Care Professional

13. Conclusion

14. Appendix

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    This was an amazing, throrough and completely helpful book for t

    This was an amazing, throrough and completely helpful book for those of us unfortunate individuals who suffer from migraines. I found it useful and interesting almost immediately, which is important for me since I often lose interest in books quite easily. Dr. Hutchinson covers over-the-counter, prescription, herbal and non-traditional remedies, both preventative and abortive treatments, clearly laying out the options for the different situations of her sample patients. It became very easy for me to identify with at least one of them and start to copy her suggestions to help with my own migraines. Perhaps the best piece of advice she gives is to keep a headache diary, which lays down a pattern from which to start a treatment plan. Thanks to this book, I feel empowered and armed for the future, ready to tackle my future migraines with different herbal remedies, aspirin in powder form, and maybe even a new triptan medication! At least now I know what to ask my doctor and what other treatment options are out there for me. Brava Dr. Hutchinson!

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