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The women's migraine survival guide : the most complete, up-to-date resource on the causes of your migraine pain--and treatments for real relief
Peterson, Christina.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperResource, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 225 pages ; 21 cm
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RC392 .P445 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Of the 23 million Americans who suffer from migraines, nearly 18 mil-lion are women. Factors such as hormones, lifestyle, and diet--which vary vastly in women and men--are now being shown to affect what is still considered an unpredictable and hard-to-treat ailment.

The Women's Migraine Survival Guide offers pragmatic, practical advice specifically for women to help them understand their migraines and find treatments for real relief. It reveals the latest in breakthrough medications like Imitrex,Amerge, Zomig, and Maxalt and the new forms they are taking( nasal sprays and rapidly dissolving tablets). It also offers sound advice on alternative holistic remedies such as supplements, acupuncture, and herbs.

You'll Find Out:

What a migraine really is and why it affects more women than men What your personal triggers are and how to prevent an oncoming attack What menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause have to do with migraines which prescription and nonprescription drugsbest relieve your individual symptoms Which vitamins and alternative remediesare safe, reliable, and offer real relief How to keep migraines from restricting your life

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

As a neurologist specializing in migraine and headache care (and one of America's 18 million female migrane sufferers as well as), Peterson is well prepared to advise women on coping with this chronic problem. While admitting up front that medical science has not yet learned just how or why migraines begin, she nevertheless provides a great deal of basic, helpful information, describing the different kinds of migraines and their symptoms and demolishing the many confusing myths about them. She outlines the most common factors that trigger migraines and demonstrates how to keep a headache diary that will help a woman and her physician identify her specific triggers and thus avoid them. The all-important matter of finding the right doctor is treated frankly, and the vast assortment of medications and alternative therapies currently available is described fully. Since hormonal changes are the reason why three times as many women as men have migraines, Peterson's discussions of the effects of menstruation, pregnancy and menopause on migraines are especially valuable. Helpful tips on coping with migraines at work and at home are also included in this practical, accessible guidebook. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

An Oregon physician provides smart advice on how to identify migraine headaches, treat them, and prevent their interference with day-to-day life. She discusses the difference between migraines and other types of headaches, the newest medications available, and touches on alternative therapies that might work. She even covers how to get your insurance company to pay for a headache specialist. There is a practical discussion of identifying migraine triggers such as food, stress, and alcohol and avoiding them. Though much of the advice in this book would be appropriate for men as well, the chapters on migraine during pregnancy, menopause, and the menstrual cycle explain the "women's" in the title. The tone is clear and readable with a you-can-do-it attitude. Inexpensive and useful, this book is recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄElizabeth A. Williams, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Ctr. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.