Reading about migraines may not get rid of a headache, but it may help you understand and come to terms with your migraine condition and maybe even lead to revelations about a migraine treatment. As you lounge by the pool or relax by the sea this summer, here are a few titles that you may consider trying out:
A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary by Andrew Levy: A professor of English at Butler University, Andrew Levy paints an excruciating portrait of the months he spent mostly in bed with severe migraine symptoms. His beautiful prose includes such lines as: “And then a throb hits you on the left ide of the head so hard that your head bobs to the right…There’s no way that came from inside your head, you think. That’s no metaphysical crisis. God just punched you in the face.”
Migraine by Oliver Sacks: One Amazon reviewer writes that “during the time when [my migraines] were at their worst, this book by Oliver Sacks was my salvation, my companion, and my way of coping.” Called one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century by The New York Times Book Review, professor of neurology Oliver Sacks delves into the strange science of migraine in this classic non-fiction book, studying the different forms of the condition, what can cause migraine, migraine medication, and the various symptoms experienced by each sufferer (think hallucinations and auras).
Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health by Joanna Kempner: Sociologist Joanna Kempner looks at the “general dismissal” of migraine suffering and traces that perception through history. A reviewer for the Huffington Post writes that she was both “challenged by the book” and enjoyed the even-handed approach, writing: “The recent shift from viewing migraine as a psychological problem to a neurological one has advantages, bringing legitimacy and possibly research dollars to what’s now believed to a be complex neurological disorder.”
The Migraine Mafia by Maia Sepp: The most beachy of these beach reads might be Maia Sepp’s novel, which centers on Viive McBroom, a woman trying to navigate her fast-paced career and marriage between debilitating migraines. When she loses a promotion due to her condition, she finds support in the form of The Migraine Mafia, a collective of sufferers who show her a whole new way of looking at her illness.
Who knows, maybe delving further into the migraine brain will be just the headache remedy you need. And if you want even more information about your migraines and treatment options the Migraine Treatment Centers of America would be happy to help!