Must Read Books

These books have been instrumental to me in terms of understanding my migraines, coping and moving toward health and hope. Read them! All of them! And be well.

On Migraines


The Migraine Brain
by Carol Bernstein MD

The Migraine Brain is the basic go-to book on migraines by a doctor who suffers with migraines. She emphasizes the fact that it’s a “whole body” disease, and she does not sugar coat it. She details the need for comprehensive approach to migraine management, and and offers solid and practical advice for living with migraines.
The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health



The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in Healing Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

This book is not specifically on migraines but details insightful and immensely useful research in neuroscience, psychology and body-centered therapies. It is a beautiful and cogent blueprint for understanding and treating trauma. To further understand how our neurology impacts our quality of life, this is a must read!
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma




by Oliver Sacks

By a beautiful and funny writer and doctor who is a migraine sufferer himself. This book highlights the range of symptoms of migraine disease, not just focusing on a headache. It is accessible and gentle, yet informative and research-based. It was first written in 1970, and then updated twice after that.





Explain Pain
by Lorimer Moseley & David Butler
This book is not specifically about migraine pain, but it is about chronic pain. It is mind blowing and helpful. Please read my entire review on it here.

Explain Pain



On Yoga

Overcoming Trauma with Yoga
by David Emerson

This book. It talks about the neurology of trauma and physical approaches to re-wire ourselves. He talks specifically (although briefly) about migraine. This book began my journey into yoga as a method for healing (and I don’t say that lightly) my migraine symptoms. It changes my life each time I pick it up. It is great to pair this book with The Body Keeps Score (which is listed above). Emerson references that research in developing a yoga program to address the underlying neurology.

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body


The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health
by Linda Sparrowe & Patricia Walden

This is a comprehensive book about women’s health issues and how to treat them with yoga. It offers yoga sequences for general health as well as for specific health problems. The book is written in the Iyengar tradition.

The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness