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For centuries reading has been both an escape and an education. Just because some of it takes place electronically now doesn’t change that, and if you’re considering migraine surgery it’s important to gather as much information as possible before you take the next step. We’ve put together a list of great resources and summaries for you to digest as you plan the future of your treatment.

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The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good by Dr. Josh Turknett

Discover the connection between diet, inflammation and migraines, and how to reduce the quantities of sugar, wheat and other foods you consume. The book also includes a meal plan high in organic protein, which will help change the way you eat.

Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches:  What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know by Teri Robert

The author of this book is a long-term migraine sufferer, who has made the effort to research and report on the condition using evidence-based accuracy. It would be challenging to try and find a non-medical expert who knows more about migraine than Teri Robert, who also writes for several other healthcare sites. Get practical advice and information you can use and relate to.

The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein

Get the latest findings on migraine treatment and prevention, and learn how to decrease the frequency and severity of migraines—and to recover faster from attacks. As a migraineur and the founder of the Boston Women’s Headache Center, Dr. Bernstein explains how readers can develop a personalized wellness plan that dramatically reduces the frequency and intensive of the attacks.

Migraine: Understanding A Common Disorder by Oliver Sacks, MD

This book was authored originally in 1985 by the NYU neurologist who wrote Awakenings, the story on which the film of the same name is based. Discover the multiple ways migraines can manifest, such as paralysis and hallucinations, and if you get an updated version you’ll be able to read some really interesting case histories.

Heal Your Headache, by Dr. David Buchholz

This book is based on the concept that almost all headaches have migraine characteristics, thanks to a range of common factors. Find out how to take control of your migraine triggers, reduce your reliance on pain medication and strengthen your ability to deal with migraines through this three step process.

A Brain Wider Than the Sky:  A Migraine Diary by Andrew Levy

This narrative offers insights into the frequent challenges of a patient who suffered from migraine for half his life. In 2006 he experienced the onset of severe daily migraines that kept him confined to bed for several months with pain and nausea. It’s a great combination of a memoir and an analysis and opens the door to a condition that is too often disregarded by society. This book also comes in audio format for those who prefer listening to reading.

Inflammation: The Disease We All Have by Dr. Igor Tabrizian

In this book, Dr. Tabrizian describes inflammation in detail and explains the role it plays in the immune system. Using a storyboard format, you’ll learn how inflammation affects us and leads to chronic disease in multiple forms. It includes a self-help section to put you on the path to discovering ways to reduce the effects of inflammation, including migraine.

The UltraMind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman

This book will help you understand how the mind/body connection works and how it impacts health and chronic illness. The epidemic of the “broken brain” has led to huge expenditure on drugs that don’t work, when in fact the problem is caused by a few fundamental, biological issues. Dr. Hyman provides detailed explanations for correcting imbalances in the system without the use of drugs, and how once you experience the UltraMind your body’s natural healing intelligence can change the outcome drastically.

Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

The modern American diet is packed full of ingredients that cause disease. Discover how current research has identified the connection between diet and health, and get a diet plan and recipes that can literally save your life.

These publications will provide you with encouragement and ideas for taking charge of your health and living with migraines. The idea is to manage the pain instead of allowing it to manage you. Take time to understand the theories, track your own symptoms and try out new suggestions one option at a time. Doing it this way will enable you to record real evidence about what works and what doesn’t, and help you make the important decision about migraine surgery.  

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