The Truth about Chronic Pain by Arthur RosenfeldIts all in your head. Learn to bear it. That drug will make you a junkie.For the more than 75 million Americans affected by chronic pain, these are fighting words.Despite extraordinary medical progress in recent years, millions of people, debilitated by the pain of incurable cancer, crippling arthritis, unremitting headaches, and a host of degenerative disorders, continue to suffer needlessly. Here, in their own words, are the stories of more than forty people whose lives are dictated by pain-patients, healthcare professionals, ethicists, social commentators, and scientists-shining a powerful searchlight on Americas most misunderstood health problem.The Truth About Chronic Pain reveals why pain is so often ignored or under-treated. Among the reasons are the widespread belief that pain is a sign of weakness and the unfounded fears that properly administered painkillers will cause addiction. As bureaucrats, doctors, and pharmacists become adversaries in the War on Drugs, people in pain are often denied the relief they need.The voices on these pages are an eloquent testament to individual courage and a powerful plea to medical institutions, political leaders, and insurance companies to implement effective solutions to the problem of pain.
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Call Now: Email: Members hvvmg. Mind Body Green —. Brenda van Hoose has been in pain for 30 years. Her current diagnoses include spinal stenosis, arthropathy, bulging discs, arthritis, a pinched nerve, and fibromyalgia. Most of the discomfort is focused on her right shoulder and down her left leg, which makes lying on either side difficult. Van Hoose, who lives outside of Houston with her husband, has tried surgery, bought expensive contraptions like inversion tables and bath spa units, and, more recently, received steroid injections that seemed to help for a while.
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The book provides chronic pain patients, their caregivers, and their health care providers with insights, education, and guidance to help them select the safest and most effective treatments for chronic pain. Most individuals do not realize how little physicians know about chronic pain. It's up to pain patients to learn as much as they can about effective chronic pain treatments, so they can improve their physical and mental health and quality of life. The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments reveals how the health care system is failing society and how the pharmaceutical companies do not always look out for the patient's best interest. For example, the book includes a discussion of a recent survey of medical school curriculum related to chronic pain. Out of US medical schools, only 3.
Before starting this book - one of the few books I've read about pain or chronic disease - I wasn't sure what to expect from it. The title implies a how to book with advice from experts and patients, and revelations about the latest thinking on pain and pain management, but that is not what this book is. There is very little in the way of practical advice and the revelations tend to focus more on the societal issues surrounding the use of opioids than on the latest pain research. The Truth referenced in the title is the author's belief that many people suffer needlessly from doctors reluctant to treat pain and out of a misplaced sense of stoicism. Despite the misleading title, this book is an interesting look at how different types of people - patients, doctors, and thinkers - view the same subject, chronic pain. The book is organized as 36 interviews - 12 with patients in pain, 12 with caregivers on pain, and 12 with thinkers about pain.
Pain takes over everything. Pain takes over your body , and then it takes over your mind. Anyone who thinks that chronic pain can be ignored or permanently distracted from , has never experienced pain. It used to be medically understood that pain inhibited healing. So he gave me pain medication and then had the nurses force me out of bed and force me to walk around the hallways of the hospital. These days I have no doubt that my recovery story would be different.