"Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches" - Review

What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need To Know

by Jamie Sohn

Teri Robert’s  “Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches- What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You… That You Need to Know” is just what the doctor ordered. Or- rather, is what the doctor actually didn’t order… which is why you must get a copy of this fantastic book! From definitions of types of Migraines and headaches to commonly used medications in the treatment of Migraines and headache diseases, to self-advocacy and dealing with family issues, this book has it all.

The read is plain English with no “medicalese” used- even though this tome is written about medical issues. (Although there is an impressive glossary of medical terms included in the book)  The real life examples and cases cited in the book are wonderful tools, adding an element to a migraine book that is quite rare- an identification with the persons in the anecdotes, and a real life example of how things that you may be experiencing also affect others with these diseases and conditions.

Robert stresses the fact that you (or someone you care about) are not alone, and that there are many others who experience Migraine Disease or other headache disorders. This theme is repeated throughout this work- through different stories, anecdotes, and personal experiences. Even a person beginning the book stubbornly convinced that they are the only one out there with this disease will be convinced that while they may not know anyone affected by migraines, there have to be others- as the very author of the work is a fellow migraineur!

The familiar theme of self-advocacy runs throughout this book.  On my first read, I was interested in work issues specifically, so I skipped to that chapter to see what advice the book would give. I credit Teri Robert’s excellently researched descriptions of my rights at work, and how to “come out of the closet” regarding my migraines for the very fact that I still have my job.  She further details workplace issues, including the Family Medical Leave Act, one’s rights in the workplace, including how to ask for reasonable accommodations for their condition. Included is a section on how best to approach co-workers who, by wearing certain scents, or by doing other certain things may be triggering your Migraines. The advice and resources in that chapter do not deviate in quality from those consistently given in the rest of the book: stellar.

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