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Headache Basics—Living With Problem Headaches
Tension-Type Headache
Headaches in Women Through the Lifespan
Dangerous and Life- Threatening Headaches
Inflammatory and Noninfectious Diseases and Headaches
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What Nurses Know...Headaches

What Nurses Know...Headaches

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Published by Demos Health
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. Nearly everyone gets a one at some point in their lives. Over 45 million Americans suffer with chronic headaches each year. Headache disorders are a major contributing factor to disability and lost-work time world-wide. Altogether, diagnosis and treatment of headaches make up 20% of all visits to neurologists.

What Nurses Know Headache is written by a nurse who's experienced having headaches all of her life. There are risk factors that are notc hangeable like genetics, for example. But others, such as stress, diet, or the overuse of medications, are much more easily changed through education. Other preventive strategies include following specialized diets and using mind-body techniques such as deep relaxation, visualization, and biofeedback to help people put an end to their headaches.

What Nurses Know Headache includes:
Headache basics
Discusses over a dozen headache types based theAmerican Headache Society
classification
Headache care, including copingmeasures, support strategies,and future treatments onthe horizon
A list of proven headacheprevention diets;1. Headache Basics - What is Happening to Cause Pain, and Why?; 2. Getting Help for Your Headaches; 3. Types of Headaches; 4. Tension Headaches; 5. Sinus Headaches & Chronic Sinusitis; 6. Cluster Headaches; Ice-Pick Headaches; 7. Central Nervous System Associated Headaches; 8. Visual Migraines & Other Vision Problems; 9. Cervicogenic/Neurogenic Headaches & Neuralgias; 10. Migraines; Combination Headaches; 11. When It's Not "Just a Headache"; 12. Headache Management; 13. Coping Measures & Support Strategies; 14. What's in Your Headache Care Future?; 15. Useful Tools; Appendix B; Glossary
Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. Nearly everyone gets a one at some point in their lives. Over 45 million Americans suffer with chronic headaches each year. Headache disorders are a major contributing factor to disability and lost-work time world-wide. Altogether, diagnosis and treatment of headaches make up 20% of all visits to neurologists.

What Nurses Know Headache is written by a nurse who's experienced having headaches all of her life. There are risk factors that are notc hangeable like genetics, for example. But others, such as stress, diet, or the overuse of medications, are much more easily changed through education. Other preventive strategies include following specialized diets and using mind-body techniques such as deep relaxation, visualization, and biofeedback to help people put an end to their headaches.

What Nurses Know Headache includes:
Headache basics
Discusses over a dozen headache types based theAmerican Headache Society
classification
Headache care, including copingmeasures, support strategies,and future treatments onthe horizon
A list of proven headacheprevention diets;1. Headache Basics - What is Happening to Cause Pain, and Why?; 2. Getting Help for Your Headaches; 3. Types of Headaches; 4. Tension Headaches; 5. Sinus Headaches & Chronic Sinusitis; 6. Cluster Headaches; Ice-Pick Headaches; 7. Central Nervous System Associated Headaches; 8. Visual Migraines & Other Vision Problems; 9. Cervicogenic/Neurogenic Headaches & Neuralgias; 10. Migraines; Combination Headaches; 11. When It's Not "Just a Headache"; 12. Headache Management; 13. Coping Measures & Support Strategies; 14. What's in Your Headache Care Future?; 15. Useful Tools; Appendix B; Glossary

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booksandbutter reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I thought this book was helpful and informative. A must read for people with headaches.
bemislibrary reviewed this
Rated 3/5
As a practicing nurse for over 18 years, author Wendy Cohan uses her training, professional observations and personal experience to describe symptoms, diagnosis, and pharmaceutical, surgical and alternative treatments for headaches. The book is for readers that suffer from tension, migraine, chronic and other types of debilitating headache pain. Emphasis is placed on discovering headache triggers, prevention, minimizing pain, treatment of headaches, and when to seek professional help. A glossary, resource list, an extensive bibliography organized by chapter topic, and index is included. The “weekly headache diary”, provided in the appendix as a template in which to record contributing factors, pain scale, symptoms, medication taken, and etc., to isolate triggers.
artisu_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
What Nurses Know... Headaches is as the title suggest written by a nurse who has experienced chronic headaches and researched everything there is to know about them. This book is comprehensive and describes every type of headache, causes, treatments and diagnosis. The beauty of it is that there is a minimum of obscure medical terms that only an MD would understand. It is very readable. I do not myself suffer from anymore than an occasional tension headache, but I learned a great deal on that subject, and ways to alleviate them. A good deal of the book is devoted to non-medical interventions, eg. use of supplements, lifestyle changes etc. I have a daughter and close friend who suffer from chronic migraines and they both found helpful explanations and tips they can immediately use to lessen the intensity and shorten the length of their discomfort. Any headache sufferer would benefit from this book, it is well organized and indexed. You can choose to read the sections relevant to you and keep it as a handly reference.
virasana123 reviewed this
This is an excellent reference book for headaches, and although the medical language is a little much at times, it can still be understood by a layperson.She thoroughly explains many of the most common types of headaches, with much detail given to migraines. But, as a sinus sufferer, I wish she had discussed sinus headaches a little bit more. However, I did appreciate her references to some herbal remedies that may help sinus problems.The fact that she dedicates whole chapters to describe headaches in children and women is very significant and worthwhile. It was also interesting to find out all the different disorders and diseases that are associated with headaches, as well learning how to notice life-threatening or dangerous headaches. This information was very educational. The book is a wealth of resources and information very worthwhile for headache suffers and their care-givers. In addition, as a sinus sufferer I will most definitely utilize the headache diary tool she provides.
loafhunter13 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Wendy Cohan sets out to and largely succeds in constructing a medicial reference book for those that suffer from headaches or know someone who does. This is a professionally written book grounded in medical fact and practice and while professional, is still accessible to the casual reader. The structure is awkward at times and it should probably be used more like a reference work than a book to sit down and read. While the information in the book is well-thoughout and helpful, those who have chronically suffered from afflications such as migraines will probably gathered similar information from other sources at this point. For those that have not yet undertaken research, this book can provide many insteresting and helpful revelations. A useful addition to a home medical library.
dangerouspurrson reviewed this
I have suffered from severe migraines for the last 6 years. I found this book to be full of helpful and informative information. This book offers suggestions and information on most types of headaches. I wish the book had more illustrations. The way the book is organized could be better. At times the book seems very dense. Perhaps if is used a more open font and broke up the text in a more pleasing manner it would help.
satxreader reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Good resource for finding info on what type of headache you have, what works and why.
difreda reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Wendy Cohen, RN has done a fine job in assembling and making sense out of the complexities of diagnosis treatment, prevention and yes, living with headaches. This book is well written, and surprisingly not the usual self-help dribble I expected. A resource section in the back directs the reader to authoritative medical resources, yes it's only two pages of meat - not filler. Cohen takes the patient or advocate/family member through terminology in non-intimidating way. Her look to the future addresses current investigative methodologies. If this is not enough - there is a log in the final pages that is perhaps the most comprehensive self monitoring worksheet I've seen. If filled in diligently, and presented to a medical professional, it is an invaluable tool for the diagnostician. I look forward to more of the "What Nurses Know" series - It's fair to say that this is no "idiot's" self help book.
kssunflower_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
"Knowledge is power" is one of Wendy Cohan's favorite concepts, and in writing What Nurses Know . . . Headaches: The Answers You Need From the People You Trust, she is proving to readers just how important knowledge is on a practical level.Everyone has experienced headaches, but few of us know the reasons for them, how to distinguish benign tension headaches from those more sinister or even potentially deadly. Aside from popping an aspirin or other OTC pain medication, how many of us know alternate ways to alleviate what can be crippling, though usually temporary pain? Cohan teaches how to recognize and treat common types of headaches and warns us when to seek professional medical assistance. She teaches us the difference between primary and secondary headaches, and why it is crucial to know the difference. That alone is worth the price of the book. If you have a secondary headache, you need to treat the underlying condition or disease in addition to the headache pain. Knowing the difference can change or save lives.She discusses pharmaceutical, surgical and alternate ways of treating headaches, which risk factors are genetic and which are within our control to modify or avoid. If you or someone you love lives with chronic headache pain, or develops debilitating headaches, this book will give you insight into the possible causes, treatment and potential cures for pain. In this extensively researched and annotated book, you will be taught the vocabulary you need to communicate with medical professionals, when, where and how to seek appropriate help if self-treatment doesn't alleviate the pain. There is even a headache diary that will help you track the onset, duration, and intensity of the pain and possible causative factors (hydration, food and activity triggers, e.g.) - all crucial evidence to help you or your doctor ascertain the type of and appropriate treatment for the pain.Cohen not only lays out each major category of headache, she also clearly describes the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for them. She discusses current and cutting-edge treatments, provides additional resources and points you to ways to methods of coping with and support resources for chronic headache pain. As a lifelong headache sufferer herself, Cohen has sought out the best information and assistance she can and you can rely upon her recommendations. It is clear throughout the book that she can emphasize with the horrific pain that even a temporary, muscular or food-triggered headache can cause, and that she wants to empower each of us to overcome or cope with either transient or chronic pain so we can live our lives more fully.Throughout the book, there are sidebars on "What Nurses Know" that provide particularly useful insights. For example, did you know there is a website where you can take a headache test to determine just how much your headaches are impacting your life? Most of us forget the pain, once it is resolved and are not fully aware of the significance and affect that pain has on us and our families.There are numerous types of headaches and we should be aware of what causes them, which ones we can avoid, minimize or endure and which threaten our very lives. Without a proper context and understanding of our pain, we could be setting ourselves or our loved ones up for disaster. Why worry,? Just read Cohen's book, develop a basic understanding of what is or could be happening the next time a headache strikes and be prepared to cope with or check out the pain.I have learned so much from this book that will benefit me, my family and friends, that I consider it a wise and practical investment. For not much more than a bottle of OTC pain killers, I am now armed with information that will last far longer than any pills and make our lives much safer and pain-free.
erickandow reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a pretty good book, I think I just have a bit of problem with how it is organized. I imagine this is a series "What Nurses Know..." and there are sideboxes called that with, supposed, information that nurses know that perhaps layman would not. However, some of this information seemed less like insider knowledge and more just another place to put a factoid. Overall, though, I learned quite a bit about different types of headaches and treatments an appreciate that there was a chapter devoted to women.

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