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Understanding migraine and other headaches
Tepper, Stewart J.
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Jackson, Miss. : University Press of Mississippi, [2004]

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viii, 130 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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In the United States, eighteen percent of women, six percent of men, and four percent of children suffer from migraine headaches. All races are affected, although, for reasons which are unknown, whites are more likely than African Americans to be afflicted with the condition, and Asian Americans are least often migraine sufferers. Migraine is an inherited condition-many families can trace it back for generations-and it has enormous economic and social consequences, both to individual sufferers, and to the society as a whole. The cost to the U.S. society alone is in excess of $13 billion per year in lost productivity and in health care.

Understanding Migraine and Other Headaches provides up-to-date information on the causes and diagnoses, as well as current preventive measures, effective treatments, and surgical procedures. The book gives an overview of every major type of headache, including the debilitating, nausea-inducing forms of migraine, episodic tension-type headaches (the most common form), chronic daily headaches, and more obscure head-aches such as trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headaches.

This book is intended for those who are burdened by headaches as well as for their families, coworkers, employers, and friends. As such, it is written in a lucid and simple style that is accessible both to lay readers and medical professionals.

In the last two decades, revolutionary new migraine-specific medications have been developed. This book undertakes a comprehensive look at medications for acute "as needed" treatment of headaches and for preventing the onset of an attack. It offers guidelines for assessing headache pain, the level and type of medication needed, possible side effects, and drug effectiveness.

Stewart J. Tepper is director of the New England Center for Headaches in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Stewart J. Tepper is director of the New England Center for Headaches in Stanford, Connecticut.

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Library Journal Review

Tepper (director, New England Ctr. for Headache for New England Research Inst.; coeditor, The Spectrum of Migranie and Conquering Headache) condenses an enormous amount of information in a short and reasonably priced volume. He begins by differentiating between the various types of headaches and suggests criteria to determine whether a headache is truly a migraine. He then goes on to explain the stages of migraine, what causes the pain, and methods of aborting headaches. The appendix supplies web sites, contact information for foundations and clinics, and a short bibliography. Nonmedical readers will appreciate the book's simplicity, clarity, and conversational tone, although its readability levels are somewhat difficult. Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners will welcome the book's breadth, specificity, and thoroughness. Highly recommended for consumer health libraries, hospital libraries, and academic libraries serving medical students and staff.-Cleo Pappas, La Grange Memorial Hosp. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1. What Is Migraine?p. 3
2. Who Gets Migraine?p. 14
3. The Role of Hormonesp. 17
4. What Causes Migraine?p. 21
5. Evaluating Migrainesp. 31
6. Acute Treatment of Migrainep. 38
7. Preventing Migrainesp. 66
8. Other Headachesp. 96
9. New Areas of Researchp. 115
Appendix Sources for Information and Supportp. 121
Indexp. 125