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    a book: The Pain Chronicles

    downloaded this last night and listened all night. would be interested to know what others think. it just came out.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pain-Chronicle...2429638&sr=1-1

    the author is a journalist who suffers chronic pain. she explores the history of pain, its actual physical effects on the brain and body, people's (including doctors) reactions to those of us who suffer, etc. there are some alarming stats, e.g. the lack of pain specialists in the u.s.

    anyway, anybody else out there read it yet?

    from NPR, more on this book:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...029&ft=1&f=100
    Last edited by cass; 08-21-2010 at 06:50 PM.

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    I saw this at Barnes and Noble and then decided not to get it.

    I don't read self help books much and I thought this is what this book was.

    Let me know how you like it.
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    The Wall Street Journal just reviewed the book positively.

    I like the quote "pain is neither sensation or emotion but rather an experience that draws upon both: the elusive intersection of three overlapping circles - cognition, sensation, and emotion.."
    She has the gift of language, but she needs to listen to some of the prose generated by Dejerine for some real schooling. ;-)

    From the NPR article - about the author -
    " She has trouble sleeping; she stumbles through her days. Her sense of her body as a source of pleasure changes to a sense of it as a source of pain. She feels haunted, persecuted by an unseen tormentor. Depression sets in. It feels wrong ... maddening ... delusional. She tries to describe her torment, but others respond with skepticism or contempt. She consults doctors, to no avail. Her original affliction — whatever it may have been — has been superseded by the new disease of pain."

    Good stuff. I am sorry that anyone here can relate to this. I am certainly sorry that I do....
    Last edited by arndog; 08-22-2010 at 07:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeyed_daisy View Post
    I saw this at Barnes and Noble and then decided not to get it.

    I don't read self help books much and I thought this is what this book was.

    Let me know how you like it.
    definitely not a self help book. it's hard to describe other than what i already did. there's some parts ppl may not care for, such as historical/religious views of pain, but i liked this. also, she writes about the pathology of pain in some detail. one surprise to me (and not an encouraging one): she writes that pain actually changes physical pathways in the body over time, destroys grey cells in the brain (she quotes a figure for every yr of pain) and these changes will/can make the pain worse with time. i actually cried when i read that. it was a validation to me, in a sense, as i've had to quit work due to worsening pain.

    right now i only have this book downloaded on my ipod. but i am going to also buy it. i want to highlight portions to share with ppl. i also want to see her reference material. i think i'm going to buy a copy for my pcp as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arndog View Post
    The Wall Street Journal just reviewed the book positively.


    From the NPR article - about the author -
    " She has trouble sleeping; she stumbles through her days. Her sense of her body as a source of pleasure changes to a sense of it as a source of pain. She feels haunted, persecuted by an unseen tormentor. Depression sets in. It feels wrong ... maddening ... delusional. She tries to describe her torment, but others respond with skepticism or contempt. She consults doctors, to no avail. Her original affliction — whatever it may have been — has been superseded by the new disease of pain."

    Good stuff. I am sorry that anyone here can relate to this. I am certainly sorry that I do....
    that quote is directly from the book.

    now i have finished the book, i think that NPR article kind of missed the mark. for example, the distraction quote. at the end of the book she talks about being in a machine (REMRI, i think she called it) where she could actually see her brain real time. distraction actually made it worse. one pain specialist and one sufferer talk about focusing on it actually helped. again, i only have this on ipod. once i have it physically in front of me, i can reference it better.
    Last edited by cass; 08-23-2010 at 06:46 PM.

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    can't find/access wsj review. here is nyt review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/bo...book.html?_r=1

    however, the title of this review ("aches that won't go away") makes me want to kick epstein from here to hell. she obviously has no understanding of pain. aches? for god's sake, somebody put this reviewer in my body, or any of ours.
    Last edited by cass; 08-24-2010 at 02:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    here is nyt review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/bo...book.html?_r=1

    however, the title of this review ("aches that won't go away") makes me want to kick epstein from here to hell. she obviously has no understanding of pain. aches? for god's sake, somebody put this reviewer in my body, or any of ours.
    That's what I thought, aches that won't go away? Talk about somebody not getting it (or the book review editor, either).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    can't find/access wsj review. here is nyt review:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/bo...book.html?_r=1

    however, the title of this review ("aches that won't go away") makes me want to kick epstein from here to hell. she obviously has no understanding of pain. aches? for god's sake, somebody put this reviewer in my body, or any of ours.
    I don't think the reviewer, Helen Epstein, uses the word "aches" in the text of her review. In the newspaper/magazine business, the writer doesn't get involved in the "titles" or "headlines." So she may not be the one to blame for a title that diminishes the impact of pain.

    The best,
    GJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    I don't think the reviewer, Helen Epstein, uses the word "aches" in the text of her review. In the newspaper/magazine business, the writer doesn't get involved in the "titles" or "headlines." So she may not be the one to blame for a title that diminishes the impact of pain.
    Thanks for that information, it does clarify things.

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    I almost downloaded this to my Kindle the other day, and then for some reason I did not.....but it sounds as though you thought it worthwhile Cass?

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