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Migraines for Dummies [Paperback]

By Diane Stafford (Author) & Jennifer Shoquist (Author)
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Item description for Migraines for Dummies by Diane Stafford & Jennifer Shoquist...

Two expert authors discuss how to make a plan of attack for dealing with migraines through finding a good migraine doctor and sorting through various kinds of treatment options.

Publishers Description
If you get migraines you know how laughable it is to hear them described as "headaches." As one poet put it, "the migraine is a beast from Hell, a bone-crushing, brain-twisting, heart-rending, apocalyptic scourge--an insult to all that's holy." And that's putting it mildly. People have been trying to tame the migraine beast for thousands of years. Some early healers bored holes into their patients' skulls, the Greeks inhaled the smoke of burning coffee beans, while in ancient Egypt, doctors tied herb-stuffed clay crocodiles to migraine sufferer's heads. Fortunately, we live in more enlightened times and there are now medically sound approaches that are relatively simple and inexpensive--and they don't leave scars or involve extreme fashion statements.

Your complete guide to taking charge of your migraines and getting your life back, "Migraines For Dummies" offers a focused, fleshed-out program that works in the real world. This friendly guide fills you in on what you need to know to: Understand migraines and why you get themRelieve symptomsPinpoint pain triggersSort through the various medicationsEvaluate alternative remediesMake simple migraine-busting lifestyle changesStop migraines from disrupting your family and work livesFind a good doctor to help you manage the beast

The authors look at the whole spectrum of the problem--from dealing with the number-one issue of pain relief, to handling the peripheral problems like absences from work skepticism from friends, and impact on family. They also explore a range of critical related issues, including: Different types of migraines, including abdominal, ocular, hemiplegic, opthamoplegic, and women's hormonal migrainesTriggers, such as environmental allergens, stress, dietary triggers, and even exercises that can cause migrainesOver-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplementsBiofeedback, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and other alternative remediesThe pros and cons of prescription remedies, including ergotamine derivatives, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, botox and more

You've tried Aunt Edna's camphor-soaked head cloths. Now explore a sensible, medically sound approach, and get on the road to full-fledged pain relief with "Migraines For Dummies."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.65" Width: 6.89" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2003
Publisher   For Dummies
ISBN  0764554859  
ISBN13  9780764554858  
UPC  785555111288  

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More About Diane Stafford & Jennifer Shoquist

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Diane Stafford is the author of seven books, including 40,001 Best Baby Names, the number one bestselling baby naming book in America. Ms. Stafford is a former magazine editor and creative-agency writer. She lives in Newport Beach, California.

Diane Stafford currently resides in Newport Beach, in the state of California.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Headaches
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Nervous System
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Disorders & Diseases > Pain Management
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Health
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Migraines for Dummies?

A decent overview book  Jun 29, 2007
I read this on a whim.

I have headaches. Some ok; some really bad. People would offer advice and suggest migraine meds.

Problem is the fact I really didn't have any ideas on what to weigh or consider.

This book is good in that it will help with the basic question "Do I have Migraines?" In my case, I am lucky to be a lite migraine sufferer. Some of the explanations from the book helped me examine cause and effect of the headaches. In some cases, they are simple stress headaches be it from too much work, bad posture at the computer for long periods of time, etc.

Probably the best thing I got from was looking for triggers and measuring the body for when something bad was about to happen. Sometimes it gets worst when you try to tough it out.

I will say again that this is a book for those that want to know more but don't really know what to do or where to begin searching.

If you are one of the unfortunates that suffer from frequent migraines, then you probably already have an arsenal of knowledge and probably would not get much from this book.

Some of the writing, made me skip as some of the ideas are repeated.

Overall, it's not a bad book especially when considering the Dummies books tend to be a little weak. I am a little more informed on the subject matter as the book named some sites on the web were I could get more information.

Migraines for Dummies  Jan 9, 2007
I bought this book for my son-in-law who tells me it is chock full of information. He suffers terribly with migraines and assigned me to search the Net for information. His doctor doesn't offer him so much. I bought this book because Football for Dummies was very useful to me.

Not just for dummies  Nov 6, 2006
This "dummy" book really caught me by surprise, because I was expecting mediocre and got excellent instead. It covered so many relevant issues about migraines, that it should be helpful to anyone who suffers from mild to severe migraines, and also to those close to that person. Buy this book with confidence.
You also need a GOOD Neurologist!  Apr 16, 2006
First this book isn't a Doctor (neurologist) so if you don't have one and suffer Migraines Please find a Doctor. I lucked out an found a Neurologist who also suffers Migraines. He was a God send. This Book refers back to what my Doctor told me. I am on medications but went from TWO "MIGRAINES" a week to one or less a month. When I was recommended this Neurologist by my Family Doctor, I had a Migraine for Three Weeks. My Life is now Liveable. This book helped confirm what my Neurologist said and in small bite sized pieces. The Doctor also prescribed of all things a Natural supplment that has not reduced the Severity but the Frequency. That is MIGRELIEF made by Quantum ([...]). What I eat seemed to make the Migraines worst. Preventing the onset of a Migraine started by me changing my Diet. The healthy things I ate were some of the triggers to onset. This book is helpful. Here is a site my Doctor uses ([...]) . I am not saying this book alone will heal anyone. Without a good Neurologist you might keep having Migraines. I am now at the point I can sell all my Migraine Books. I am living again and not hiding in a dark room waiting for the migraine to stop. Remenber a Banana that is ripe (Eatable and not bitter) can bring on headaches.
I hope this helps someone.
Excellent Overview & Guide  Mar 4, 2004
As a 20-year migraine sufferer, I must have 50 books on the subject including textbooks used in medical schools and costing $100 or more. This book gives a great overview and introduction to the person who is trying to find out where to start to take charge of their own medical treatment for Migraine and what questions to ask your Doc to see if he really knows what he is talking about. Most don't. This is a "First Step" book and not a book full of answers, but it will help you find more definitive information and save you wasting your time and money on a Doc who hasn't got a clue as to the discoveries about Migraine using Positive Emission Tomography since the late 1990's. Everything "taught" MDs about Migraine prior to about 1995 is just simply UNTRUE and this book will help you find sources for the latest material.

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