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Understanding and Treating Your Migraine (Paperback)

Wellbeing & Self-Care Health White Owl

By Paula Greenspan
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9781526725844
Published: 5th November 2018

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What is a migraine? If you asked five different people who live with migraines, you'd probably get five different answers. Why? Because migraines are different for everyone.

Your migraine attacks are unique and the experience you have during an attack won't be exactly the same as anyone else's. As there's no one way to get a migraine, there's also no one way to prevent or treat them.

Researchers used to think migraine was a vascular condition, or one related to the blood vessels, but it's now classed as neurological, which means it's related to the nervous system. What's more, they don't yet know what causes you to get migraines, and there's no test you can have to get diagnosed.

So migraines are a bit of a mystery. Frustrating, right? Don't worry. You don't need to know why you suffer from migraines to understand how to reduce the number of attacks you get or even avoid them altogether. The aim of this book is to help you figure out the best way to prevent your migraines.

The first step is to try to understand your own experience. Then you'll be in the best position to to work out how to reduce the number of of attacks you have, or even avoid them altogether.

Author and Health Journalist Paula Greenspan has written this book from the viewpoint of a migraine sufferer. However rather than become a victim to debilitating attacks, she’s taken the attitude of a survivor. And that’s what drew me in.

She begins by describing the visual symptoms of attacks as ‘a knock-off Picasso’ – this is description not only made me smile but also enabled me to relate to her whole-heartedly. She tells us that migraines are now considered to be a neurological disorder; yet it seems while research is ongoing, not enough has yet been found.

Personally, I’ve suffered for about 35 years and Greenspan’s research has told me more than any GP I’ve ever seen. However, experts believe serotonin and oestrogen play a part and this might be why more women get them than men or children.

This book gives concise and unique information. If you live with them or are unsure if what you’ve been experiencing is actually a migraine, you’ll find hints, tips and even a migraine survival sheet which makes this book a kitchen-shelf/medical-cabinet must-have.

Greenspan’s book deserves the title of ‘The Migraine Bible’ instead because that is what it is. I believe the excellent help, case-studies and plentiful help this book offers, it should be an item owned by doctors and patients alike.
I’m so pleased I read it!

For the Love of Books

As referenced in 'Heads up on migraines' article

Ok!, 23rd April 2019

I started to get migraines in my early teens in the form of flashing lightswhich were probably brought on by something I was not aware of at the time – stress. My aunt suffered from migraines that laid her low for days at a tie – I assumed that she experienced the same symptoms as I did, only for a longer and more intense period. Paula’s book reveals that migraines take many different forms and gives practical advice on how to alleviate the symptoms. At school, with the onset of a migraine, I went home tomy Gran’s house, where she would knock me up a yorkshire pudding and gravy, but of course, after a seven mile journey home, my migraine had almost always gone! This is a great book that will certainly help any people to overcome some of their problems!

Books Monthly

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Every migraine is different and you have to understand "its migraines " before you can find your own way to deal with it. Helpful tips, tricks and explanations about tornado in mind.

NetGalley, reviewed by Nureeni Lem

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a fantastic resource! I have recently been diagnosed with equivalent migraine and have been researching the condition, then I found this book and it’s all there in one place. Thank you so much Paula Greenspan.

NetGalley, reviewed by Jayne Hall

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BBC Three Counties Radio with presenter Nana Akua, 9th January 2019

Author article 'The mindful way to become migraine free' as featured by

In The Moment, January 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

NetGalley, reviewed by Elaine McGuinness

I found this little book useful, if just to compare my own suffering to other people's and ensure that I do everything I can to minimise my migraine occurrence.

NetGalley, reviewed by Nadia MacCallum

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered with migraine for 20 plus years and jumped at the chance to review this book. I didn’t learn anything new but this is a very helpful book for any sufferer. It’s great to know that we sufferers aren’t alone, I will recommend this book to folk who need help. Thank you Paula for writing it.

NetGalley, reviewed by Ali Dunn

A well re-searched book, and a good read for those new to the condition that may need more information.

NetGalley, reviewed by Amelia Davis

About Paula Greenspan

Paula Greenspan is a journalist and health editor who lives with migraines. Like many people with this disorder, she was struggling to find adequate treatment. It was only when Paula found herself having a migraine with aura while she was at a toddler group with her 2-year-old that she decided to take migraine prevention more seriously. Understanding and Treating Your Migraine came from Paula’s efforts to keep her own head clear.

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