Dr. John Rothrock, professor of neurology and associate dean of clinical research at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, has co-authored a book to serve as a survival guide for migraine sufferers.
The book, “Managing Your Headache,” provides detailed information in easy-to-understand terms and outlines steps patients can take to better cope with their migraines. In the book, Rothrock debunks many common myths about migraines.
“While a migraine is an incredibly common and costly condition that significantly erodes public health, it is a complicated condition that often is not effectively treated,” explained Rothrock. “Unfortunately, many who suffer from recurrent, disabling migraine headaches don’t seek proper medical attention, or give up after one or two unproductive experiences,” he added.
Rothrock is the medical director of the USA Headache Center, located at USA Knollwood Hospital. A national expert on the treatment of headaches, Rothrock is involved in numerous research studies examining new therapies for migraines. He also serves as editor of Headache, the official journal of the American Headache Society and one of the nation’s most influential medical periodicals.
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from active migraines and the estimated financial cost of migraines is $20 billion annually.
“Because of headache research, we now have a greater understanding of the biology of migraines. Our findings have spawned a wide arsenal of new therapies that are unparalleled in their specificity and effectiveness,” said Rothrock.
Despite the advances research has provided, Rothrock believes education is still lagging behind. “This book represents our attempt to empower migraine sufferers by educating them about the condition they endure and the treatments available to them,” he said.
“Managing Your Headaches” may be ordered at local bookstores, including Page and Palette in Fairhope, or purchased online at Amazon.com. For further information regarding the book or migraines in general, contact the University of South Alabama Headache Center at 660-5108.
Rothrock’s co-authors for this book were Dr. Mark Green, a neurologist at Columbia University, and Dr. Leah Green, a clinical psychiatrist at New York Medical College.