Appendix A Researching Your Medications

There are a number of sources available on new or existing medications which could be prescribed to patients with occipital neuralgia. While a number of hard copy or CD-Rom resources are available to patients and physicians for research purposes, a more flexible method is to use Internet-based databases. In this chapter, we will begin with a general overview of medications. We will then proceed to outline official recommendations on how you should view your medications. You may also want to...

Occipital Neuralgia Glossary

The following is a complete glossary of terms used in this sourcebook. The definitions are derived from official public sources including the National Institutes of Health nih and the European Union eu . After this glossary, we list a number of additional hardbound and electronic glossaries and dictionaries that you may wish to consult. Analgesic An agent that alleviates pain without causing loss of consciousness. eu Anastomosis An opening created by surgical, traumatic or pathological means...

Studies on Occipital Neuralgia

Every year, academic studies are published on occipital neuralgia or related conditions. Broadly speaking, there are two types of studies. The first are peer reviewed. Generally, the content of these studies has been reviewed by scientists or physicians. Peer-reviewed studies are typically published in scientific journals and are usually available at medical libraries. The second type of studies is non-peer reviewed. These works include summary articles that do not use or report scientific...

Appendix B Researching Alternative Medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is one of the most contentious aspects of modern medical practice. You may have heard of these treatments on the radio or on television. Maybe you have seen articles written about these treatments in magazines, newspapers, or books. Perhaps your friends or doctor have mentioned alternatives. In this chapter, we will begin by giving you a broad perspective on complementary and alternative therapies. Next, we will introduce you to official information...