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Migraines For Dummies

Published 01-31-2003

If you get migraines you know how laughable it is to hear them described as &#8220;headaches.&#8221; As one poet put it, &#8220;the migraine is a beast from Hell, a bone-crushing, brain-twisting, heart-rending, apocalyptic scourge&#8212;an insult to all that&#8217;s holy.&#8221; And that&#8217;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&#8217; skulls, the Greeks inhaled the smoke of burning coffee beans, while in ancient Egypt, doctors tied herb-stuffed clay crocodiles to migraine sufferer&#8217;s heads. Fortunately, we live in more enlightened times and there are now medically sound approaches that are relatively simple and inexpensive&#8212;and they don&#8217;t leave scars or involve extreme fashion statements. <p>Your complete guide to taking charge of your migraines and getting your life back, <i>Migraines For Dummies</i> 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:</p> <ul> <li>Understand migraines and why you get them</li> <li>Relieve symptoms</li> <li>Pinpoint pain triggers</li> <li>Sort through the various medications</li> <li>Evaluate alternative remedies</li> <li>Make simple migraine-busting lifestyle changes</li> <li>Stop migraines from disrupting your family and work lives</li> <li>Find a good doctor to help you manage the beast</li> </ul> <p>The authors look at the whole spectrum of the problem&#8212;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:</p> <ul> <li>Different types of migraines, including abdominal, ocular, hemiplegic, opthamoplegic, and women&#8217;s hormonal migraines</li> <li>Triggers, such as environmental allergens, stress, dietary triggers, and even exercises that can cause migraines</li> <li>Over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements</li> <li>Biofeedback, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and other alternative remedies</li> <li>The pros and cons of prescription remedies, including ergotamine derivatives, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, botox and more</li> </ul> <p>You&#8217;ve tried Aunt Edna&#8217;s camphor-soaked head cloths. Now explore a sensible, medically sound approach, and get on the road to full-fledged pain relief with <i>Migraines For Dummies</i>.</p>

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