The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause [NOOK Book]

Overview

Migraine is a common, controllable, type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the U.S. alone. "The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit" provides practical management guidelines for headaches in girls and women, emphasizing the relationship to the hormonal changes that accompany puberty, the menstrual cycle, and menopause.

It will help readers take charge of their migraines by learning what causes them and effective ...
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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause

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Overview

Migraine is a common, controllable, type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the U.S. alone. "The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit" provides practical management guidelines for headaches in girls and women, emphasizing the relationship to the hormonal changes that accompany puberty, the menstrual cycle, and menopause.

It will help readers take charge of their migraines by learning what causes them and effective treatments for every stage in a woman's life. Useful tools, quizzes, and diaries for evaluating headaches and determining the best treatment are provided through the book, and downloadable versions are available on the publisher's and authors' websites. Practical instructions are provided for effective non-drug and medication therapies, as well as advice about how natural remedies and nutritional supplements that can help at each stage of life.

Drs. Dawn Marcus and Philip Bain understand that migraine sufferers need more than just a medication prescription – they need a comprehensive, holistic approach to headache management that addresses diet, sleep patterns, exercise habits, mood, and social concerns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936832125
  • Publisher: DiaMedica
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Series: A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 374,773
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dawn Marcus, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she specializes in headache and pain management. Dr. Marcus has been the lead researcher for numerous studies investigating women’s migraine. Her interests including treating migraines in children, menstrual migraine, and migraine during pregnancy.

Philip Bain, M.D. is a practicing internist in a large multispecialty organization in Madison, WI. His patients enjoy the practical educational tools and handouts he has developed and uses routinely in his practice.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 An Overview of Migraine

What are Migraines? Why Me? 1

Understanding the Biology of Migraine 1

Migraines are Often Inherited 13

Getting a Diagnosis 20

Summary 27

2 Headaches from Puberty to Menopause

Hormones, Hormones, and More Hormones 29

Hormones Play a Key Role in Headache Development, Especially in Women 30

Do Kids Have Sex Hormones? 33

How Do Hormone Levels Change over a Woman's Lifetime? 38

What to Expect During Childhood and Adolescence 39

What to Expect with Menses and Oral Contraceptive Use 40

What to Expect with Pregnancy and Delivery 42

What to Expect with Menopause 46

Summary 48

3 Migraine Management

What Really Works? 51

Learning About Your Headache Threshold 52

Non-Drug Treatment Options 54

Medication Treatment Options 81

Nutritional Products and Supplements 91

Putting Together a Treatment Plan 96

Practice Logs for Non-Drug Treatments 103

Summary 106

4 Controlling Migraine During Childhood and Adolescence 107

Headache Management During School 109

Medications for Migraine 119

Non-Drug Treatments for Migraine 122

Nutritional Supplements for Migraine 126

Summary 128

5 Controlling Menstrual Migraine 129

What Is Menstrual Migraine? 130

Non-Drug Options for Menstrual Migraine 133

Medication Options for Menstrual Migraine 134

Nutritional Supplements for Menstrual Migraine 140

Summary 141

6 Safe Treatment of Migraines During Pregnancy and Nursing 143

Pre-Pregnancy Planning 144

Pregnancy 149

Non-Drug Therapies 152

Headache Medications 159

Prevention Drugs 164

Rescue Therapy 166

Natural Rememdies for Migraine and Nausea 168

After Pregnancy 170

Summary 179

7 Tackling Migraines During Menopause 181

Key Questions for Your Doctor 182

Non-Drug Treatments 186

Headache Medications 187

Natural Products 189

Summary 190

8 Learning How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider 193

Focus on the Most Important Questions 198

Make Certain You Understand Your Diagnosis 199

Share Your Concerns and Reactions 200

Understand Your Treatment Recommendations 200

What to Do Before Your Visit 201

What to Talk About at Your First Headache Visit 202

Questions You Should Ask at Every Visit 203

Summary 204

9 Resource Guide

Where Can I Get More Information? 207

Finding Reliable Internet Resources 208

Read a Good Book 211

Index 217

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    A reference for those who have migraine and those who love them - a must read.

    If any of you are migraine sufferers or live with someone who gets them, please get this book when it becomes available. It is very hard for people who do not get migraines to understand how debilitating they can be for those who do and this book does a wonderful job of explaining what it is we experience.

    There is the usual information about triggers and keeping a headache diary, but there is also up-to-the-minute information on medication and non-medicative techniques to help treat and prevent migraine.

    This book is a keeper for my library and I hope those who suffer with migraines pick up a copy. It is a wonderful reference.

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