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Freedom from Headaches : Fireside Books (Holiday House) - Joel R. Saper

Freedom from Headaches

Fireside Books (Holiday House)


Published: 19th March 1986
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Headache pain is unlike any other pain; when your head throbs, your entire body suffers. An estimated 20 to 40 million people in the United States are victims of chronic, recurring headaches. Many suffer not only from the torturous pain, but also from rejection by family and friends who cannot understand the moods and agony of the victim. Adverse effects from medication and mounting medical bills add to the misery, until loneliness and despair become overwhelming.

Here is a book written for those who desperately seek an understanding of their distressing condition and who want down-to-earth, realistic advice and specific suggestions for finding relief from headache pain.

Freedom from Headaches discusses:
-- pain and its treatment
-- the different headache genres -- migraines, tension, cluster, sinus
-- headaches that are symptoms of other medical conditions -- hypertension, infection, hangover
-- the relationship between diet and headaches
-- the emotional aspects of pain and their role in the headache problem
-- how to find the best doctor for you

Written with sensitivity and humor in an easy-to-understand style, Freedom from Headaches offers what all headache sufferers seek: medically sound knowledge, advice, and encouragement.

Acknowledgmentsp. 5
The Headache Ordeal: An Introduction and Historyp. 15
Pain and Its Treatmentp. 23
Medication for Treating Headache
Treating Headache Without Drugs
Migraine Headachesp. 51
The Migraine Profile
The Migraine
The Cause of the Migraine Syndrome
The Two Types of Migraine
Symptoms of Classical Migraine
The Headache Phase of Classical Migraine
Symptoms of Common Migraine
The Genetics of Migraine
The Migraine Personality
When Migraine Begins
Frequency and Pattern of Migraine Attacks
Events and Circumstances That Trigger an Attack
The Course, or Natural History, of Migraine
Migraine in Children
The Treatment of Migraine
A Summary of the Basic Features of Migraine
A Migraine Personality Quiz
Muscle Contraction (Tension) Headachesp. 99
The Muscle Contraction (Tension) Headache Profile
The Muscle Contraction (Tension) Headache
Symptoms of Muscle Contraction Headache
Why Do the Muscles Hurt?
What Triggers the Spasm?
Diagnosing the Muscle Contraction Headache
Treating the Muscle Contraction Headache
Cluster Headachesp. 117
The Cluster Headache Profile
The Cluster Headache
Symptoms of Cluster Headache
Some Interesting Characteristics of Cluster Headache Sufferers
How Cluster Headache Is Diagnosed
What Triggers Cluster Headache?
The Treatment of Cluster Headache
Sinus Headaches, or Madison Avenue's "Gift" to Medicinep. 130
Psychogenic Headaches: The Headaches for Which There Is No Apparent Physical Causep. 135
A Depression Quiz
Headaches as Symptoms of Other Medical Conditionsp. 147
Brain Tumor
Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Head Injury or Head Trauma
Toxins and Medications
Temporal Arteritis
Disease of the Eyes
Dental Problems and Ear Disease
Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap) Headache
The Exertional Headache
Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
The Hangover Headache
Dynamite Workers' Headache
Sex and Headache
Sun and Headache
The Diagnostic Evaluation, or "The Work-Up"--What You Should Expect from Your Doctorp. 170
Your Medical History
The Physical Examination
The Investigative Tests
Headaches and the Foods You Eatp. 189
The Caffeine Headache
Amines in Your Food
The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Nitrites and the Hot Dog Headache
The Ice Cream Headache
"First, Do No Harm"--The Ultimate Responsibilityp. 201
Finding a Doctor and Helping Yourselfp. 205
The Brain and Headachesp. 210
A Simplified Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain
Terms and Concepts
A Quiz
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780671254049
ISBN-10: 0671254049
Series: Fireside Books (Holiday House)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 19th March 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1