About the Book
If you hurt, read this book! A young pain victim's inspirational and informative conversations with a variety of pain sufferers and specialists. They share their experiences with pain, their coping strategies, and what works for them in getting through the day. Astonishingly frank conversations range from marijuana use to music therapy to suicide. A must-read for all doctors, who will get an earful from the other side of the examination room. These interviews offer honest revelations about living with pain caused by Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Arthritis, Cancer, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Migraines, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Cerebral Palsy, and more. Different therapies and coping strategies work for different people, ranging from video games to noise canceling headphones to working out, watching TV, Botox injections, or performing standup comedy. For some, it's creating art, for others it's riding horses, or petting their dog. There are realistic discussions of therapies such as biofeedback, Iyengar yoga, and hypnotherapy. And candid revelations about drugs -- from pot to brand name prescription narcotics -- and tales of addictions, young and old. Horror stories turn into hopeful tales of personal heroism, perseverance, family unity, and caring. Doctors should read this at their own risk.