By Susan L. Burks
Managing Your Migraine speaks in your wishes as a migraine patient. It confirms that you simply be afflicted by a real actual disease and that others proportion your frustration, disappointments, and anger. Its aim is to maneuver you past "learning to dwell with it" to a whole realizing of its mechanisms, signs, and coverings. This ebook proves that you should take cost of your illness-and indicates you ways to take action properly, successfully, and with genuine confidence.
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Even if further research confirms such a connection, however, we should not interpret it to mean that we cause our attacks because we allow ourselves to become too worked up over something. Such an interpretation would be a simplistic half-truth, at best. If there is a constitutional anxiety-migraine link, it appears that the same biochemical predisposition leads to both conditions. The only point about which there is near universal agreement thus far is that the migraineur's body does not handle the biochemical results of stress as well as the nonmigraineur's.
Female sufferers should include information about their menstrual cycle and/or hormone supplementation in their diary entries. ) A plain notebook, kept in a convenient place where a pen or pencil is always available, can serve quite nicely as your diary. Better yet is a daybook or roomy appointment calendar in which days and dates are already marked and there is plenty of space for notes. Appendix A outlines a sample format for diary entries. You may begin your diary-keeping now, or you may decide to wait until you read the next six chapters.
Understanding Triggers Many experts believe that there must be a common pathway by which all of these, and possibly many other, precipitating factors work to cause the misery we call migraine, but, if so, it has not yet been identified. Certainly an overly sensitive central nervous system seems to be involved. Dr. John Edmeads, renowned Canadian migraine authority, reinforced my desire to better understand triggers when he wrote that about 25% of migraineurs could achieve significant relief by learning to identify and shun triggers, and, as a result, could either avoid or minimize the need for medication.
Managing Your Migraine: A Migraine Sufferer’s Practical Guide by Susan L. Burks