Book Giveaway! The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit

Hi everyone, my name is Amrita Bhowmick, and I’m a part of the of team at Health Union, LLC, the independent company that brings you Migraine.com.

Since the launch of Migraine.com several of you have asked some great questions about managing migraines during pregnancy and delivery.

We are honored to have the opportunity to share an excerpt from The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit, a book co-authored by Dr. Dawn Marcus, one of the experts here at Migraine.com.

This particular chapter has a wealth of information and we are excited to hear your thoughts. In fact, everyone who posts a comment or question on the Migraine.com Blog will earn a chance to win a FREE copy of the Woman’s Migraine Toolkit! The winner will be announced on the Blog on April 1st, 2011.

Visit the Blog to view the excerpt and post your comments. You can also purchase a copy of the book here.

Thanks for all of your questions; we will do our best to keep the answers coming!

Book Excerpt From: Dawn A. Marcus, MD and Philip A. Bain, MD. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit, 2011, DiaMedica (New York).

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  • Carrie Coulter Nelson
    8 years ago

    I am 43 and have suffered migraines since 7 years old. I have tried all types of medicines, meditation, different diets, etc. Apparently one or both of my biological parents have migraines and I inherited it from them. Gee, thanks! It’s comforting to know 1,000’s of other women have migraines that debilitate them like it does me. It takes me away from my teaching job more than once a month, my kids too much of the time and life in general. I hate having migraines and resent that I have to deal with them! I pray my own daughters didn’t inherit them!

  • carrie67
    8 years ago

    I am 43 and have suffered migraines since 7 years old. I have tried all types of medicines, meditation, different diets, etc. Apparently one or both of my biological parents have migraines and I inherited it from them. Gee, thanks! It’s comforting to know 1,000’s of other women have migraines that debilitate them like it does me. It takes me away from my teaching job more than once a month, my kids too much of the time and life in general. I hate having migraines and resent that I have to deal with them! I pray my own daughters didn’t inherit them!

  • Karen Klein Crow
    8 years ago

    I am 35, and have struggled with migraines since I was 9 or 10. They did not get diagnosed as migraine until I was 18 though. Migraines do run in my family, and pregnancy with our first born (who is almost 8) saw a significant increase in frequency and severity. Pregnancy with our second was worse (he’s almost 6 now), and since that pregnancy, I have struggled more than ever in keeping the migraines in check, and aborting them once they do start (frequently to no avail). I’ve been hospitalized several times for migraine problems, most recently being this past weekend. I’ve been to a headache clinic where all they did was pump me full of medications that did nothing to help, but rather, hurt me instead. Like many of the rest of you, I believe in educating myself about what is out there, and communicating very closely with my current neurologist, without whom, I’d be lost.

  • Karen Klein Crow
    8 years ago

    Yeah, that was one uneducated idiot. Migraines are biological in nature, though things such as weather, bright lights, and odors can trigger them. If this guy was correct, then the earth’s magnetic field has been out of whack fora very very long time (like, more than 25 years). Unfortunately, so many people claim to have the “answers” to migraines and their causes, but are so totally clueless. ;-(

  • Anthony Piazza
    8 years ago

    Hey. There was a guy on the radio said migraines may be influenced by the earth’s magnetic field which is out of whack right now (Japan) do to the upcoming super moon. Not sure how’d you counteract that but tying migraines to the USGS is definitely thinking out of the box.

  • Robin Blake Eldridge
    8 years ago

    As I mentioned in some of my replies, I began getting migraines at age 12. Now, at age 51, I still get them. I’m taking topomax, but don’t really see too much difference, although this med. has cut down on the number of aura migraines.

    Unlike my college friend, Sharon, I inherited my migraines from my dad, who inherited his migraines from his mother….my g’ma called them her “sick headaches”. She would take anacin, and drink caffeine, but be so sick. I have three children – two sons, and one daughter. My two sons both have migraines. My oldest son takes bystolic for his migraine.

  • Robin Blake Eldridge
    8 years ago

    I take fioricet (just like fiorinal, but with tylenol) when I have the headache. The topomax is a preventative, 2x a day. Had a headache one day last week, where I had taken 8 fioicet, 4 ibuprofen, 6 sudafed, and was STILL hurting.
    I think I need to get something stronger for the doozies where the fioricet doesn’t cut it.
    (I used to take fiorinal, until I was pregnant, and then was switched to the fioricet…and have been on that ever since….I take it at the very first sign of the headache, but I often awake with them.)

  • Cindy Richter
    8 years ago

    Robin, I take Fiorinal & Imitrex…neither one seems to work by themselves so I usually use them together! :o)

  • Laurie Glynn
    8 years ago

    I suffer from migraines I take a prevenitive that really helps called topamax having a hard time finding a neuro in nj my psychiatrist is prescribing now.

  • Kimberly Boynton
    8 years ago

    I have suffered with migraine for 10 years now. They started suddenly in my early 20s and they do not run in my family. I have not yet found a great treatment for the migraines-neither preventative or abortive. They have changed the way I live my life and the way I view things. I try to learn as much as I can about them and am frequently seeking out medical articles and information.

  • Amy Rose Dalton
    7 years ago

    Hi Kimberly…are you “VexedAltruist”? Your FB seems to be locked / private so I cannot message you…

  • Kimberly Boynton
    8 years ago

    My weekend is going ok so far. I need to go run some errands and study, but not much else going on. How’s your weekend so far?

  • Stephanie Cook Clark
    8 years ago

    hows your weekend going ?

  • Sharon Barefoot Cady
    8 years ago

    I have suffered throughout adulthood with migraines. My biggest trigger is hormones. I look forward to menopause to see if that will decrease my migraines. When my mother entered menopause, hers almost completely disappearred.

  • Robin Blake Eldridge
    8 years ago

    Sharon, I didn’t know you were a fellow-migraine sufferer.
    I have had migraines since I was 12.

  • Melissa Simpson Sutphin
    8 years ago

    I have had migraine headaches since I was 16 years old. I am finally taking preventative meds that are helping me keep them under control but when I do get one, it puts me down. I have no options but to head to the ER and get a shot of demerol and sleep it off. 🙁

  • Melissa Simpson Sutphin
    8 years ago

    no – i’m doing good right now.

  • Rhonda Benz Sutphin
    8 years ago

    are u having problems now Melissa? hope u didnt have to go to the hospitol again..

  • Rhonda Benz Sutphin
    8 years ago

    I very rarely have a migraine..but my Aunt used to have them..I feel so sorry for people who suffer from them..

  • Diana Lee
    8 years ago

    This is a great book! As someone who will be trying to get pregnant while also living with unrelenting migraines I found a lot of helpful information in it.

  • Lisa Lynn Ware
    8 years ago

    I had a bad car accident it left me with two disc in my neck out of line, I have horrible migrane headaches, I take topamax and it help, but sometimes , I say things and I tell my self why did I say that? It like I’m talking for no reason? Anybody have this problem.

  • Barbetta Reedy
    8 years ago

    I took topamax for 5 yrs and was taken off of it because I couldn’t finish sentences and concentration was going and this is a side effect of the drug talk to your dr about the symptoms that you are having

  • Ann Daniels
    8 years ago

    lisa me two! someetimes the words sound funny too. i have to stop and resay it.

  • Lynn Baroun
    8 years ago

    I had migranes after the birth of my second child. Two months ago I had a heart attack, angioplasty and an ICD. Since I got out of the hospital, I have had only one migraine. Is it the daily baby aspirin, heart medication, exercise, angioplasty? Whatever it is for me it seems like a heart/migraine connection. I still have meds for migraines, but I do not miss the 2-3 times of week migraines. Anyone else having a similar heart/migraine connection?

  • Migraine.com
    8 years ago

    Don’t forget to read the book excerpt and share your thoughts regarding migraine & pregnancy to be entered into the contest here: http://migraine.com/blog/expert-featured-article/what-to-expect-with-pregnancy-and-delivery/.

  • Marisa Smith Bishop
    8 years ago

    I have suffered for nearly 5 years now. I lost a job due to them before I actually knew what was going on. It took me 3 more years to finally get on medication before I started getting some relief. I have been on that for 2 years now and feel alot better. But I am always looking for more information to better info myself. I just want people to know its not a headache- it is a disease!

  • Karen Klein Crow
    8 years ago

    Even some neurologists need better education about Migraines. When I was hospitalized this weekend (my pain was so bad I was walking like a drunken sailor, mild aphasia, and very cloudy thinking with memory loss), my neurologist’s partner refused to treat for migraine, telling me instead to go home and use my home medications even though I said that the attack had been going on for over a week and my medications at home weren’t working.

  • Robin Blake Eldridge
    8 years ago

    to Marisa…isn’t that the truth??? If I had a dollar for every time someone would say, “I have a tylenol, that works for me”, or “oh, just a headache?”…argh!

  • Diana Lee
    8 years ago

    Yeah, we have a lot more work to do to help people realize it’s WAY more than a headache!

  • Jenn Waterman
    8 years ago

    I’m pretty sure what she means is that many people react to migraine as “just a headache.” And not all migraine attacks include headache, it’s just one of the most common symptoms. And she’s right, it is a disease.

  • Marisa Smith Bishop
    8 years ago

    well- most people (who have never had one) just call them headaches and think you are being a big wimp! They don’t understand it goes way beyond that.

  • Janice Moore
    8 years ago

    A migraine is not called a headache anymore it is called a Migraine Attack.

  • Julie Backus
    8 years ago

    I have suffered from Migraines for over 20 years.I try to read as much as I can about.
    Them.

  • Jenn Waterman
    8 years ago

    What about that book did you find helpful? The Migraine Brain I found to be better (not promising that your migraine pain will just go away), not perpetuating the same myths and recognizing each case is separate and sometimes there are overlaps in what people have as triggers, but that it remains very individual.

  • Janice Moore
    8 years ago

    Go to your local public library and check out the book called The Everything Health Guide to Migraines.

  • Jenny Blackman Livingston
    8 years ago

    I have suffered with Migraines for the past 8 years. 7 years ago I had them under control and knew my triggers then they came back last year horrible.. I went for 90 days with a migraine before they stopped. Still taking meds trying to get them back under control again. Would love to have as much info on them as possible. They are a horrible thing to have.. Now my daughters are starting to get them from time to time..

  • Barbetta Reedy
    8 years ago

    they are heriditary my mother had them too

  • Diana Lee
    8 years ago

    It must be really hard to see your daughters suffering that way, Jenny. 🙁

  • Jenn Waterman
    8 years ago

    Sometimes those are the only thing that works. Then again, we all have varying intensities and durations. Sorry they didn’t work for you 🙁

  • Beth Williams Reedy
    8 years ago

    I’m sorry u have to go through those things. I had them, too! I remember those shots from the hospital. They knock you out. They didn’t really get rid of the headache. It always seemed to take 3 or 4 days for ot to go away. The shot made you groggy and let you sleep off part of the headache. If I didn’t rest, the headache would come back with a vengeance. Hang in there!

  • Janice Moore
    8 years ago

    Migraines are Monsters. It truly sounds like you have another trigger to worry about. A new one. Do you keep a diary? If so look back to see what you have introduced into your life.

  • Valorie Jaedicke Diamond
    8 years ago

    I have suffered with them since the 7th grade. They run in my family and I suffer from all forms of Migraines. I research them as much as I can. I believe in educating yourself.

  • Gwendolyn Brumfield Burton
    8 years ago

    I am trying to learn all there is on Migraines for I have been suffering with them since 8th grade and I’m now 50.

  • Jenn Waterman
    8 years ago

    A lot of doctors now are thinking that sinus headaches are just another form of migraine

  • Barbetta Reedy
    8 years ago

    do you know that you can have a sinus migraine

  • Janice Moore
    8 years ago

    Go to your local public library and check out the book called The Everything Health Guide to Migraines.

  • Lois Faye Allred Myers
    8 years ago

    World Book Annual had a special article written by a dr who had a son w severe migraines. He recommended aspirin and ibuprofren in combination, take meds as soon as it starts.
    I used to have headaches seriously but turns out mine were allergy. Cigarette smoke can make me feel like I have a bad flu w headache. Also Cypress. Have u been allergy tested?

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