Decode Your Headache with “The Migraine Brain”

Decode Your Headache with “The Migraine Brain”

Whether you’re a life-long migraineur or recently diagnosed with this debilitating neurological condition, The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein is the quintessential “Bible” for migraine sufferers.

For those who are not in the know, migraines are not merely just a “headache.” They are a complex, chronic neurological condition that affects one in five women and one in 20 men. This condition often causes a cluster of symptoms that range from auras, vertigo, and of course, the classic throbbing headache that only appears on one side.

Dr. Bernstein, who is the founder of The Women’s Headache Center in Massachusetts and is a migraine sufferer herself, explains the science behind this neurological disease as well as how to prevent them. She has a chart that helps her readers identify their migraine “triggers” (food or circumstances that can kick-start an attack) as well as offering helpful advice on how to lessen the effect this disease has on both your personal life and work life.

The Migraine Brain also takes complex scientific data and turns it into easy reading for the average layperson. According to Dr. Bernstein, migraine brains are far more hypersensitive to stimuli and look different from non-migraineurs on a brain scan. This hypersensitivity in turn gives rise to the attacks that migraine sufferers undergo, sometimes on a daily basis.

If you’re new to the world of migraine treatments, The Migraine Brain also walks readers through the different options—from medications such as Topamax and Imitrex to supplements such as magnesium—so you can talk to your doctor and workout a treatment plan that works for you.

Although The Migraine Brain is geared towards helping migraineurs manage their attacks, it’s also an informative read for friends and family of migraine sufferers since it gives a comprehensive overview of the hows, whys, and ways to ease the pain of this particular neurological disease.

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