Gotta Have Books for Migraineurs- 5 that Stand Out

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Migraine head pain can make you feel helpless, like there isn’t a thing in the world that can help you alleviate your chronic pain.  Well, hope is not lost. Many sufferers of migraine attacks, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have learned how to get past their pain symptoms, and live to tell about it.

Below are 5 excellent books written by chronic pain patients and the doctors who treat them.

10 Simple Solutions to Migraines, by Dawn A. Marcus, M.D.

Dr. Marcus is the definitive expert on coping with chronic pain, from fibromyalgia to migraines.  Her award-winning books and essays have helped millions of sufferers find ways to deal with constant head pain, muscular aches, fatigue, and depressionTen Simple Solutions is your source for understanding the science behind migraine attacks, finding your migraine triggers, and utilizing treatments for preventing migraine headaches.

Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend, by Lisa J. Copen

This is an excellent book to give to relatives, friends, and coworkers.  Help them to understand your suffering and things they can do to assist, without any of the awkwardness.  You already know they want to help out- they just don’t know how.  This book by Lisa J. Copen provides an easy way to get the message across without causing any hurt feelings or embarrassment.

Beyond Chronic Pain, by Rebecca Rengo

Beyond Chronic Pain: A get-well guidebook to sooth the body, mind, & spirit picks up where traditional medicine usually leaves off.  Learn ways to relieve headaches and other chronic bodily ailments through alternative therapyHolistic pain management treats the body, mind, and soul as one, and is more conducive to natural, complete healing.  This self-help book will guide you through the healing process from the inside out.

A Brain Wider than the Sky, by Andrew Levy

This book will inspire you to start your own migraine journal.  In A Brain Wider than the Sky, Andrew Levy shares his contemplations, experiences, and revelations on his own chronic migraine symptoms.  Sometimes witty, sometimes surreal, the author releases his pain for the world to see with vivid, raw imagery.  A must-read for migraine patients and their families.

The Headache Prevention Cookbook, by David Ryan Marks, M.D. and Laura Marks, M.D.

Think you already know all your migraine triggers?  Read what this husband and wife doctor team has to teach you about eating to prevent migraine attacks.  Follow their elimination diet to pinpoint the foods that are causing your migraine headaches.  Book includes clear, simple instructions and helpful recipes to get you started on your headache-free journey.

Additional reading:

Plan a Headache-Free Summer Vacation: Five Travel Tips

Go Ask Alice: Migraine Auras in Wonderland


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