What Nurses Know...Headaches

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What Nurses Know...Headaches


Wendy Cohan



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"Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. Nearly everyone gets one at some point in their lives and 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...Headaches is written by a nurse who has experienced having headaches all of her life. There are risk factors that are not changeable 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 the upon American Headache Society classifications
  • Headache care, including coping measures, support strategies,and future treatments onthe horizon
  • A list of proven headache prevention diets

Product Details

  • Publication Date July 18, 2012
  • Page Count 352
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303298

About The Author(s)

Wendy Cohan

Wendy Cohan is a nurse, health educator and writer living in Portland, OR. She is the author of The Better Bladder Book: A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis & Chronic Pelvic Pain and the Gluten Free PORTLAND Resource Guide.

A practicing nurse for 18 years, Wendy also helps individuals take charge of their recovery from chronic health issues, including celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain.

Wendy comes to this book, not just as a health care professional, but as someone who has endured chronic painful migraines herself. About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraine. This means about 36 million people in the United States alone live with migraines. Wendy can relate to the frustration these individuals face every day, not only with the time lost from work, family, and friends but with the search for effective, lasting relief.

Wendy’s extensive research into headaches of all types has resulted in this wonderful, patient-centered book and in a commitment to share her knowledge with as many others as she can. Combining multiple approaches to headache prevention and treatment, Wendy presents a holistic viewpoint and focuses on helping people achieve wellness and freedom from pain.

She is married to David F. Cohan, and is the proud mother of two grown sons.

Table of Contents

1 Headache Basics-Living With Problem Headaches
2 Understanding Risk Factors and Headache Triggers
3 A Headache Prevention Diet
4 Finding Help for Your Headaches
5 A Review of Alternative and Complementary Therapies
6 Tension-Type Headache
7 Migraine Headache Disorders
8 Primary Headaches in Children
9 Headaches in Women Through the Lifespan
10 Chronic Daily Headaches
11 Primary Stabbing Headache (Idiopathic Stabbing Headache, Ice-Pick Headache)
12 Cluster and Related Headaches
13 Dangerous and Life-Threatening Headaches
14 Headaches Related to Head Injury
15 Inflammatory and Noninfectious Diseases and Headaches
16 Headaches and Infectious Diseases
17 The Future of Headache Care
18 Coping Measures and Support Strategies