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If you get migraines you know how laughable it is to hear themdescribed as “headaches.” As one poet put it,“the migraine is a beast from Hell, a bone-crushing,brain-twisting, heart-rending, apocalyptic scourge—an insultto all that’s holy.” And that’s putting itmildly. People have been trying to tame the migraine beast forthousands of years. Some early healers bored holes into theirpatients’ skulls, the Greeks inhaled the smoke of burningcoffee beans, while in ancient Egypt, doctors tied herb-stuffedclay crocodiles to migraine sufferer’s heads. Fortunately, welive in more enlightened times and there are now medically soundapproaches that are relatively simple and inexpensive—andthey don’t leave scars or involve extreme fashion statements.

Your complete guide to taking charge of your migraines andgetting your life back, Migraines For Dummies offers afocused, fleshed-out program that works in the real world. Thisfriendly guide fills you in on what you need to know to:

  • Understand migraines and why you get them
  • Relieve symptoms
  • Pinpoint pain triggers
  • Sort through the various medications
  • Evaluate alternative remedies
  • Make simple migraine-busting lifestyle changes
  • Stop migraines from disrupting your family and work lives
  • Find a good doctor to help you manage the beast

The authors look at the whole spectrum of the problem—fromdealing with the number-one issue of pain relief, to handling theperipheral problems like absences from work skepticism fromfriends, and impact on family. They also explore a range ofcritical related issues, including:

  • Different types of migraines, including abdominal, ocular,hemiplegic, opthamoplegic, and women’s hormonalmigraines
  • Triggers, such as environmental allergens, stress, dietarytriggers, and even exercises that can cause migraines
  • Over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbalsupplements
  • Biofeedback, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and otheralternative remedies
  • The pros and cons of prescription remedies, includingergotamine derivatives, antidepressants, nonsteroidalanti-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 theroad to full-fledged pain relief with Migraines ForDummies.

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