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What about cyclical migraine headaches ?
on July 19, 2014
Suzy Cohen makes a general survey of headaches, with an emphasis on migraine headaches. She succeeds in showing that migraine is not a simple disease, and that it is linked to numerous other predicaments. She is very practical minded, always tries to suggest some kind of solution, and I take it that her plans will more or less work during more or less time for problems more or less closely related to migraine. The fact that she explores lots of avenues in many directions is both an advantage and a drawback. It's an advantage in the sense that readers will surely find drugs or tricks they have not tried yet, but it is a drawback inasmuch as she is not concentrated on the basic mechanisms of migraine. Having her eyes fixed on piecemeal research, Suzy Cohen is constantly carried away from one research to another, and does not show interest in the way cyclical migraine headaches work, and why they are cyclical. By doing so, she show little concern for people who are suffering from recurrent migraine headaches whatever they do or take, be it medication, herb, diet, etc., the only thing they can hope for being a temporary relief eventually leading to a rebound, i.e., to more migraine headaches down the road? These people, the real migraine sufferers, will find no help, or very little, from Suzy Cohen. True, she mentions cyclical migraine headaches, but only to suggest they are hormonal. This is a bit short. Why do cyclical migraine headaches persist, possibly for an entire lifetime, whereas hormonal balances (or imbalances) change? Not all biological cycles are hormonal, and even if the migraine cycle is connected to hormonal systems, it cannot be reduced to them.