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The Migraine Brain [Download] ➸ The Migraine Brain By Carolyn Bernstein – A comprehensive book that explains how to cope with migraines by an esteemed neurologistYou know that your migraine isn't just a headache But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological A comprehensive book that explains how to cope with migraines by an esteemed The Migraine PDF \ neurologistYou know that your migraine isn't just a headache But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease Affecting one in five women one in twenty men and one in twenty children it's a debilitating complex and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of improve and manage as Dr Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist Praised for her excellence and compassion the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston and a migraine sufferer herself Dr Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better Now with The Migraine Brain the most comprehensive up to the minute book on migraines ever written you will be able to do the same—reduce the freuency and intensity of your migraines learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them uickly and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive “Migraine Brain” with its own sensitivities and triggers That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines Dr Bernstein also explains why migraines happen why they are so often misdiagnosed and why so few people get the right treatment for them She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli—The Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan—and is likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga biofeedback and an exercise regimen With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands you will be fully euipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache it's a serious yet treatable disease.

10 thoughts on “The Migraine Brain

  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    The biggest myth is that migraine is a type of headache This is wrong Migraine is a complex neurological disease that affects your central nervous system Bernstein 15 I'm glad I grabbed Bernstein's book on migraines this time around I've read others books that have advised me to try acupuncture or take magnesium books that have suggested that I cut out bread products or get a massage every week I have tried all I could afford of this advice Some of it worked for a while Some didn't Bernstein's advice is different flexible applicable encompassing of the research on migraine while also empathizing with what it feels like to be in the middle of the pain From Bernstein I learned that I don't need to find some puritanical way to blame myself for my migraines because there's a biological reason for them Migraine is caused by abnormal brain chemistry Bernstein 15 Good to know right And Bernstein doesn't leave us at abnormal and call it a day She explains the chemistry which I'm thankful for The latest research points to 'cortical spreading depression' as the physical reaction that begins a migraine attack a dramatic wave of electrical 'excitation' that spreads across the surface of the brain also called the cerebral cortex when something antagonizes or upsets it Bernstein 41 Cortical Spreading Depression CSD It has an acronym and everything I feel better about it already If I weren't using the same Goodreads rating scale I used earlier this year to measure Don uixote I would add stars here because Bernstein is a good teacher She's kind She's calming and she has information that can help migraine sufferers get some kind of plan together to handle the pain She speaks with eual enthusiasm to those who want to avoid taking medication and those ready to take anything necessary to stop a migraine There are good reasons for both kinds of decisions she assures So yes I recommend this book It's a good one There is probably no field in medicine so strewn with the debris of misdiagnosis and mistreatment and of well intentioned but wholly mistaken medical an surgical interventions Oliver Sacks Migraine

  2. Amber Koppenhofer Amber Koppenhofer says:

    I gave this four stars mainly because this book is packed full of useful information for those who suffer with migraines It is not well written and sometimes boring to read I skimmed several parts that didn't apply to me but it is helpful nonetheless If you get migraines often I highly recommend you read this book or at very least skim through it to see if there is any information that is helpful to you On a side note acupuncture is spoken of in this book a few times and Dr Bernstein makes mention how it has helped several of her patients After doing further research and discovering it's success rate I decided to try acupuncture to see if it worked for me I'm happy to say that after two months of twice weekly treatments my migraines happen far less often are less painful and much easier to get rid of with medication I continue to improve and hope that in the near future I am completely free of migraine pain

  3. Nancy Nancy says:

    I was torn on how many stars to give this book Dr Bernstein gives some good advice about avoiding and treating migraines but the book feels really padded She must have said drink lots of water at least 100 times I counted 3 times on one page alone page 292 The book has silly stories about famous people who get migraines and odd little sidebars that didn't always make sense For example In the 17th century Thomas Willis considered the father of modern neurologywho happens to be an ancestor of Bruce Willis treated a patient Lady Catherine who had a notably energetic libido Yup that is the whole sidebar Maybe it is worth it for the interesting punctuation but how does it help me have fewer headachesThis is probably a book to dip through for the good advice I'd advise skipping Part One reading Part Two in detail and skimming through Part Three to find the sections that apply to youI do want to emphasize that the actual advice in here seems very good She was right on about some of my personal triggers and had some other ideas I am trying now The problem is that she took 300 pages to convey 100 pages of information

  4. Lynette Lynette says:

    Amazing book Amazing I have suffered with migraines for than 25 years and this is the first time I have felt like someone understood me and what I was going through This book discusses how seroius the migraine disease is and how you also must treat it as a serious disease I learned so much about migraines how to take care of myself to hopefully prevent migraines and what to talk to my neurologist about to help better my care No longer do I feel like a big baby who can't deal with a headache I am a migraineur whith a serious neurological disease who needs to take care of herself and now I know how

  5. Linda Lipko Linda Lipko says:

    This book is written by a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist The author is very good at outlining possible causes and research in this fieldI suffer from severe headaches and thus thought the book could offer some suggestions Alas because I've dealt with this condition for a long time most of the book contained information I already knowHowever I recommend this book to people who are new to this nasty condition and need to learn the triggers the phases of headaches and the medications available

  6. Stacey Stacey says:

    Adam heard this author interviewed on NPR and recommended it to me since I'm a migraineur It's written by a Harvard MD who founded a migraine clinic and is a migraineur herself I liked that she was straightforward about what's known and unknown about migraines And she didn't offer a silver bullet which was refreshing Informative and helpful I'd recommend it to anyone who suffers with migraines

  7. Meghan Meghan says:

    I took notes while reading this New studies and research have led to the view of migraines as a complex neurological disease of the central nervous system Far from just a headache the symptoms can include vomiting scalp tingling visual distortions inability to speak cold hands and feet and problems in cognitive processing similar to a stroke as well as a massive headache often centered behind one eye All of these are things I experience yay What happens when a migraine occurs is that your nervous system has an out of control reaction which triggers a wave of energy that flows across your cortex and causes your neurons to fire rapidly back and forth from positive to negative charge This would be when I see sparkly stuff in the corners of my vision This causes the main problem SPREADING CORTICAL DEPRESSION You don't want this It involves a sudden catastrophic loss of serotonin and dopamine leading to other badness dilation of blood vessels and inflammation of nerves as they release neuropeptides particularly the trigeminal nerves that run up the face and behind each eye socket It's awfulTriggers can be a lot of different things and the author is careful to emphasize that they depend on the individual She discourages the reader from blindly following rules that claim all people with migraine or migraineurs need to avoid certain foods or whatnot For example coffee can be a trigger for one person but helpful in migraine prevention for someone else She advocates making a big list of your triggers based on observation IKEA is a trigger for me Not getting enough sleep Feeling too happy especially following a stressful period Bright lights I am a freak about avoiding them lately I didn't read the entire book but the sections I checked out were informative and authoritative and easy to follow Bernstein lays out for the reader the current medical understanding of migraines and how they happen Other chapters offer clear advice for prevention and treatment plans including the guidance to write down a clear plan for what steps you will take when you feel yourself getting a migraine in any situation work in the car etc Very helpful She talks about the different medicines and their benefits as well as other treatment plans involving yoga meditation and biofeedback After years of reading differing advice online and in magazines this book afforded me an unexpectedly deep sense of relief I think it mostly came from validation from knowing that what I have is pretty common although its symptoms are freaky It made me feel of a sense of control than I had before just from small ideas like that cold hands might be a trigger as well as a warning of a migraine and I can control that by not letting my hands get cold

  8. Sam Sam says:

    If you have suffered with migraines for any period of time and you're also someone who knows how to google you'll find that the majority of this book is general information about migraines There were a few new things I learned namely ice massage never tried and Zomig a triptan that dissolves which I'll soon be asking my doctor forWhat I found most frustrating about this book is the amount of repetition The same advice is repeated throughout the sections Get migraines Try meditation Get migraines because of your period Try meditation Get migraines because you eat bananas Try meditationAlso some of it is a bit insulting to the readers' intelligence In a section about finding a good doctor the advice reads Is the receptionist polite Are the chairs comfortable I mean give me a break When talking about being too busy to exercise it says Try vacuuming the house while listening to salsaAll in all if you are completely new to suffering migraines my deep sympathies by the way then this book is totally worth it as a great starting point giving all the information you need and plenty of repetition to hammer it in If you have been suffering for a while perhaps not Though if either ice massage or Zomig works for me then I guess it would have been ok

  9. Adam Adam says:

    How could a book where the author recommends me to keep various items in my purse be the best migraine book I've yet to read Don't be scared away from this one he men Dr Bernstein may run a headache clinic for women but everyone can benefit from her wisdomWhat I enjoyed most were her chapters on Exercise Nutrition and Sleep She uotes patients who sound like me who experience the same whacked out migraine triggers that I do It made me convinced that I suffer from migraine in the first place She also has a chapter on Migraines and Work which for the weekend migraine sufferer was really informativeI don't really agree with her constant advice to pop abortive meds or use caffeine It's in total disagreement with the philosophy put forth by Dr Buchholz in Heal Your Headache popping abortives using caffeine creates a rebound headache effect and makes your blood vessels susceptible to future migraines So I was cautious there Still really a helpful book I take it with me everywhere It hasn't cured me But I understand the path I need to take to get well now better than ever

  10. Lauren Lauren says:

    This book gave me a lot of help in ways to not get rid of migraine completely your have them all your life but how to make them better and be able to live better There were a lot of medicines mentioned that I hadn't heard of before and natural ways of getting rid of the migraine that I didn't know I will definitely be trying a lot of these tips and keeping a migraine journey to track this illness

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