Understanding Your Migraines: A Guide for Patients and Families

ISBN : 9780190209155

Morris Levin; Thomas N. Ward
200 ページ
140 x 210 mm

Twelve percent of the world's population is affected by migraines, tallying up to more than 35 million people in the US alone. The World Health Organization lists it among the top ten most disabling conditions. But even with those numbers, why are we still plagued with this disorder and what can we do, in our daily lives, to manage this devastating and demoralizing brain illness? Understanding Your Migraines: A Guide for Patients and Families addresses, in clear prose: * The impact migraines can have on your life, and your family's; * How to communicate and work with your medical team to make sure nothing is overlooked in your quest to conquer your migraines; * Non-medicinal and new experimental ways to reduce migraine symptoms; * The special and important cases of dealing with migraine during pregnancy, in children, and in adolescents; * How you can find online and community resources for learning more. Understanding Your Migraine: A Guide for Patients and Families brings together the expertise of two eminent headache neurologists, Dr. Morris Levin and Dr. Thomas Ward, who have each been caring for headache patients for more than 35 years. Peppered with patient cases to show how to successfully deal with a variety of headache issues, the authors address common concerns in an easy-to-read and comprehensive manner, making this a must-have on every bedside table.


Chapter 1 Introduction to Migraines
Chapter 2 What Kind of Headache Do I Have?
Chapter 3 Do I Have Migraine?
Chapter 4 The Nature of Migraine
Chapter 5 The Impact of Migraine - And What Are the Goals in Managing Them?
Chapter 6 The Best Medical Treatments to Relieve a Migraine Headache
Chapter 7 Non-Medicinal Ways to Relieve Migraine Pain
Chapter 8 Preventing Migraine: Medical Choices
Chapter 9 Non-Medicinal and Alternative Approaches to Preventing Migraines
Chapter 10 Migraines in Children and Adolescents
Chapter 11 Migraines During Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding
Chapter 12 Frequent Migraines - How Chronic Migraine Differs from Episodic Migraine
Chapter 13 Newer and Experimental Treatments of Migraine and Other Headaches
Chapter 14 The Usual Headache (Tension-Type Headache)
Chapter 15 Unusual Headaches: Cluster Headache, Other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias, and New Daily Persistent Headache
Chapter 16 Head Injuries and Headaches
Chapter 17 How to Communicate with Your Medical Team
Chapter 18 Migraine Resources


Dr. Morris Levin serves as chief of the Division of Headache Medicine and director of the Headache Center at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in the management of all forms of facial pain and headache, including migraine, cluster headache, cervicogenic headache (neck-related headaches) and post-traumatic headaches. His research interests include cervicogenic headache, post-concussive headache, diagnosis in headaches, and medical education in neurology. Dr. Levin earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Subsequently, he completed a residency in neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by subspecialty training at the Montefiore Hospital Headache Unit and Michigan Head-Pain and Neurological Institute. He is board certified in neurology and pain medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine and holds board certifica; Dr. Thomas N. Ward grew up in Portsmouth, NH where he attended the public school system. He graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude in 1975 and from Dartmouth Medical School with honors in 1980. He was elected a member of AOA. He was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center from 1980-1982 then a resident in Neurology from 1982-1985 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Subsequently he practiced Neurology at Laconia Clinic in Laconia, NH until returning to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 1989 where he founded their headache clinic. He retired from DHMC in June 2016.Dr. Ward is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and of the American Academy of Neurology as well as the American Neurological Association. He is Treasurer of the Headache Cooperative of New England and certified in the subspecialty of Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He was Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is the Editor