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The Migraine Brain

Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health

By Carolyn Bernstein, Elaine McArdle

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Format: Paperback, 555 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2009
A comprehensive book that explains how to cope with migraines by an esteemed neurologist. You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist. Praised for her excellence and compassion, the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, and a migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better. Now, with The Migraine Brain, the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book on migraines ever written, you will be able to do the same--reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines, learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them more quickly, and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life: in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel. Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive "Migraine Brain" with its own sensitivities and triggers. That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines. Dr. Bernstein also explains why migraines happen, why they are so often misdiagnosed, and why so few people get the right treatment for them. She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli--the Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan--and is more likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms. This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine-specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and an exercise regimen. With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands, you will be fully equipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co-workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache: it's a serious, yet treatable disease.

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The significant number of migraine sufferers in the United States indicates that this up-to-date book will be a highly valued guide, as it offers the realistic message that having migraines is a neurological and biochemical occurrence that individuals cannot cure but can learn to treat proactively. Bernstein, herself a migraine sufferer, is a practicing neurologist and the founder of the Women's Headache Center at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and these credentials make her an empathetic authority. In this empowering book, simple definitions of medical terms increase understanding for lay readers and deflect feelings of isolation, as does the use of quotations from those with migraines. Informative chapters on what migraines are, pinpointing your personal triggers, living with a migraineur, work and traveling, and finding the right doctor (including what your doctor should not do) complement sections detailing both conventional and alternative health care and practical suggestions, e.g., keeping a headache diary. This would be a good replacement for Christina Peterson's 1999 book, The Women's Migraine Survival Guide. Recommended for public and consumer health libraries.--Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos Cty. P.L. Syst., NM Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"At last! "The Migraine Brain" offers real hope, help, and compassion to migraine sufferers everywhere." -- Pauline W. Chen, M.D., author of "Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality" ""The Migraine Brain" is the most complete and up-to-date resource and is a must for all migraine sufferers and anyone who lives with them. It is thorough, easy to understand, and well organized. The ultimate migraine resource." -- Nieca Goldberg, M.D., author of "Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health" "As a family doctor, I welcome this wonderful book, which can help patients reduce the impact of migraine on their lives. The Migraine Brain explains the subject well and makes understandable a complex condition. It is comprehensive and filled with practical tips for feeling better." -- Erica Swegler, M.D., 2006 Texas Family Physician of the Year "At last! The Migraine Brain offers real hope, help, and compassion to migraine sufferers everywhere." -- Pauline W. Chen, M.D., author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality "The Migraine Brain is the most complete and up-to-date resource and is a must for all migraine sufferers and anyone who lives with them. It is thorough, easy to understand, and well organized. The ultimate migraine resource." -- Nieca Goldberg, M.D., author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health "Dr. Bernstein's program has helped hundreds of her patients master migraines, and her book can help you, too." -- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet

EAN: 9781439150351
ISBN: 1439150354
Publisher: Pocket Books
Dimensions: 17.02 x 10.41 x 3.3 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book has been so very useful to me. My doctors never seem to want to spend the time providing me with the information that I need to manage my migraines. I feel so much more empowered by the information in this book. I now have a much better idea of what occurs in a migraine and what medication or natural treatment I should be taking so that I can reduce the incident of Migraines, and also what to take when a migraine is inevitable.
I felt relieved when I read the information about other migraine sufferers experience. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised that I was not the only migraine suffer to be fobbed off by doctors. This book allowed me to rest easily, to know that I was not being a sook or a difficult patient when I kept returning to my doctor saying that their treatment was not good enough. I have been using the tools I the book to map and record my migraines. With my migraine diary in hand I have now been a able to give my doctors concrete evidence of the frequency,intensity and severity of my migraines. This helps them understand the need for action on my behalf. I do not feel like a winger anymore, and now have a referral to a neurologist.
The book recommends various vitamins and herbs. I am not sure whether they will felt but I am giving them a try. What is great about this book is that all treatment tritons are explored, drugs and also natural and surgical interventions. This book is a blessing in a time when most doctors do not take the time to educate migraine sufferers about their treatment options. I have had migraines for 45 years and knew virtually nothing about migraines until I read this book.

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