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 KnowÖHeadache is written by a nurse whoís 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
- Headache Basics: What is Happening to Cause Pain, and Why?
- Getting Help for Your Headaches
- Types of Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- Sinus Headaches & Chronic Sinusitis
- Cluster Headaches; Ice-Pick Headaches
- Central Nervous System Associated Headaches
- Visual Migraines & Other Vision Problems
- Cervicogenic/Neurogenic Headaches & Neuralgias
- Migraines; Combination Headaches
- When Itís Not ìJust a Headacheî
- Headache Management
- Coping Measures & Support Strategies
- Whatís in Your Headache Care Future?
- Useful Tools
About the Author
Wendy Cohan, RN, counsels patients with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, bladder-related health conditions and headaches. She maintains two websites on these topics and is the author of Gluten-Free Portland-A Resource Guide (and The Better Bladder Book. She periodically posts author updates for The Better Bladder Book on her website. Her background on headache comes from a combination of education and lifestyle experience, her personal health journey, and her life-long interest in health and nutrition.