There is nothing that a migraineur fears more than a migraine attack. It is excruciatingly painful and comes with a flurry of stressful symptoms like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and light and sound sensitivity. If you dread your episodes, this may be the book you need. Migraines for the Informed Woman — Tips From a Sufferer, de-mystifies not just the why, what, when and how of migraine in an easy and simple way, but also gives you a positive perspective on what can be done to keep them managed and at minimum levels.
Those of you who are tired of reading contradictory lists of what NOT to eat, this book gives you coverage on what you CAN. Migraines for the Informed Woman — Tips from a Sufferer tells you what you should look out for in terms of migraine type identification and medication. It also guides you towards the alternatives and long-term solutions available for prevention, management and treatment It also provides practical and simple tips on how you can manage your symptoms when an attack is underway at home or work.
Mamta has been battling migraines for over a decade and by this vice alone holds the unique perspective of a sufferer who knows what the fears, questions and frustrations of other patients are. The book has been presented from a unique and positive perspective to address those issues.
Mamta is the lead writer for many popular health and fitness sites worldwide and holds expert author status at well-respected online resources. She pens her own blog on migraines and holistic health. She is a certified aerobics instructor, personal trainer and sports nutritionist through the International Fitness Association, Florida, USA. She holds a double Masters degree in Commerce and Business Management Mamta is presently training as a holistic health therapist from Stonebridge. U.K. She has travelled and lived in many countries and is actively involved in philanthropic activities of the UN-recognised Art of Living Foundation.
Life had been hectic, but strangely satisfying after business school—a coveted multinational corporation (MNC) job, promotions and a newfound status. Like a million other independent children of the economic boom, I met and married the man of my dreams. Soon we started family. Within three months of the delivery of our twins, I started to suffer from migraines. Not knowing what this really was, I simply thought them to be excruciating headaches that lasted clay or more. I attributed it to stress that came along with raising two infants at the same time.
Though I was petite, I had always believed I was made of strong stuff this belief was shaken with the headaches I repeatedly suffered from. Once they began, they stayed longer and hurt more than the previous attacks; they even occurred two days continuously two to three times a week. This left me with no energy to raise a young family, let alone think of re-joining the workforce. I consulted a doctor who eventually diagnosed the symptoms and gave a name to my illness—’Migraine.
In the next three years, I underwent everything debilitating pain to dizziness, visual distortions, vomiting and palpitations.
After following a spate of therapies, from allopathic to spiritual healing, and everything in between, through the next seven tremendously long years, I understood what worked for me and what did not. This book is not a replacement for a doctor’s prescription, but an attempt to make the new mother understand the big picture and to reduce attempts at trying out what works for her.
Today, my migraines still occur, but they are much milder, infrequent and I can carry out the activities of the day without giving up too much of my life or hope. Though migraines are known to have several triggers and affect both men and women of all age groups, this book is essentially a note to women who fall victim to migraines postpartum.
With the encouragement of my husband, R.B., whose support I have had through many particularly bad migraine attacks, I have put together ideas that I hope will help the new mother arrive at the stage where I am today, only much faster. I also thank our beautiful twin daughters, Shubhra and Swan, who patiently bore my long hours at the laptop, so that they may get their time with me.
I also thank my father, my family and friends who have, at different points of time, during my roller-coaster ride, provided me with their well-meaning advice, many of which have worked for me at times, and which I have put down for you in this book. Not the least, my acknowledgement goes to my friend Irene Macaree, who opened my eyes to the all-important role of ‘serotonin’.
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