Thursday, September 18, 2008

Article Indicates 'The Migraine Brain' May Be Useful Resource

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If this Newsweek article is any indication, Dr. Carolyn Bernstein's new book The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health is a well researched, up to date resource for migraineurs and others looking to educate themselves about migraine disease.

A copy is on its way to me, and I will share my thoughts about the book when I have had a chance to examine it for myself.

For now I encourage you to read the Newsweek article for yourselves.

Why Women Have Migraines - And What to Do About Them

Carolyn Bernstein was sitting in a lecture hall one day during her second year at Boston University Medical School when her head began to pound and throb. She became dizzy and disoriented and felt so weak she thought she would faint. Bernstein managed to leave class and get home, where she collapsed into bed. She was suffering from her first migraine and she soon found out that there was no easy treatment. Bernstein says migraineurs—people who get migraines—are too often treated with condescension by doctors who tell them to "just deal with it."

Her experience led her to specialize in migraines. In addition to being on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, she also runs the Women's Headache Center in Cambridge, Mass. Unfortunately, such centers are rare and most migraineurs still struggle to find help. Bernstein says that's why she wrote her new book, "The Migraine Brain" (Free Press, 2008). Each migraineur's experiences are unique, Bernstein says. Some have attacks that last only a few hours; others can be in pain for days. Women are more likely to get migraines than men, for reasons doctors still don't fully understand. Migraines can't be cured, only treated with a range of medication and lifestyle changes. "I want to encourage people to seek help and not feel alone," Bernstein says.

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