The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us

The Painful Truth What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us Pain is an unbidden guest humanity s shadow companion down through the ages It is a despoiler of dreams and a thief Chronic pain can appear suddenly in a person s life changing it forever Dr Lynn R

  • Title: The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us
  • Author: Lynn R. Webster
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  • Page: 203
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  • Pain is an unbidden guest, humanity s shadow companion down through the ages It is a despoiler of dreams and a thief Chronic pain can appear suddenly in a person s life, changing it forever Dr Lynn R Webster puts a face on chronic pain through the lives of his patients, and provides an intimate view of what it is like to live with it The Painful Truth will open yourPain is an unbidden guest, humanity s shadow companion down through the ages It is a despoiler of dreams and a thief Chronic pain can appear suddenly in a person s life, changing it forever Dr Lynn R Webster puts a face on chronic pain through the lives of his patients, and provides an intimate view of what it is like to live with it The Painful Truth will open your eyes to the world of those who are stigmatized and marginalized by our society and healthcare system Yet the new book offers hope and a path forward for those willing to engage in a crusade against the human race s primal enemy pain.

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    1. This review was written for The Review DiariesYou can read the full review hereThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewMy normal reading involves around 90% fiction and 5% non-fiction, and of that non-fiction I never really branch outside historical or memoirs/biographies etc. So this book is quite a departure from my usual reading and as a result my usual reviewing. However when I saw this title come up on Netgalley, I had to read it.I’ve be [...]

    2. There are so many reasons that I love this book. As a pain patient and advocate, I appreciate the challenges on both sides of the pain medication dilemma. Yes, there are problems with drug overdoses and death. On the other end of the spectrum there is a problem with pain patients not getting adequate treatment. I personally know people who have died from an overdose of pain medications and people who have committed suicide due to inadequate pain relief. Both ends of the spectrum are deadly.The m [...]

    3. I finished this book awhile ago but thought it was an important book and therefore worthwhile reviewing. Dr. Webster lives in Salt Lake City, and wrote this book soon after retiring from the Lifetree pain clinic (a clinic he started). This book is a call-to-action and Webster successfully creates an undeniable affinity between reader and these patients that he very entertainingly lets us get to know. We walk through the downward spiral with them, knowing full well we might make the exact same ch [...]

    4. 'One day a young grandchild asked [Marsha] to give him a piggyback ride.“I’m sorry, honey, I just can’t,” she apologised.“Why not, Grandma? You used to give piggyback rides.”'**The above quote, from The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain is Really Like and Why it Matters to Each of Us, sums up the effect that developing chronic pain can have on an individual. One day a grandmother is able to give her young grandchildren piggyback rides, and then next her pain makes it impossible.The Pa [...]

    5. Dr. Webster’s message in The Painful Truth is irresistible. At the heart of this book are the real stories of nine of his patients. Through his story telling, we learn that every patient has individual needs that span the vast chasm of pain care, all compelling and heart wrenching, yet even in the darkest hour, there is a sense of hope. Even though the stories in this book are very real, the book reads like a bestselling novel eloquently meshing Dr Webster’s knowledge as a pain care provider [...]

    6. The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us wasn't quite what I expected - but once I had reset my expectations I realized how important this book is.Lynn R. Webster, MD, ran a pain clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, for many years, and more than most doctors he understands the situation that chronic pain patients find themselves in. A sort-of catch-22 between needing strong pain medications to ensure decent quality of life, while increasingly being treated [...]

    7. I wasn't sure I would like this book, since I've been dealing with chronic pain for almost 3 years now. The stigma associated with chronic pain and pain management is horrible. I have people in my family that are addicted to opioids and their stories are similar to one of the football players mentioned in the book. I understand the need to get the opiate issue under control, but at the same time, it makes it difficult for those of us with chronic pain who aren't abusing the medication.

    8. I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a review. As someone who suffers from chronic pain due to numerous autoimmune disorders, and someone who does not see a pain management specialist, I was looking forward to reading The Painful Truth to get the perspective of the condition from a doctor. I’m not sure what I expected the structure of the book to be, so I can’t say I was disappointed, but I don’t know if I was specifically looking for th [...]

    9. Very GoodIt's a long-term pain sufferer, this book was both comforting and informative. The author is a pain management doctor and her compassion for chronic pain sufferers is obvious from the very beginning. The stories she tells feature people from all walks of life who have experienced chronic pain in many ways. However, the crux here is that chronic pain must be viewed differently by both doctors and society at large. I was impressed by the author's perspective on the use of opioid medicatio [...]

    10. The best book I have found that says it straight.I have lived with chronic pain for over half my life. This book has put into words how I have experienced dealing with the medical professionals and how I have viewed myself at times. I highly recommend this for ALL medical professionals and anyone experiencing chronic pain. This is a ray of hope for our society as a whole.

    11. This is a decent book about acute and chronic pain and the difficulties in treating chronic pain in particular. Examples of people with chronic pain helped highlight the complexities of treating it Government regulations are making it more difficult for the sufferer than any time before.

    12. The first partWas really good and I could see myself and others in the mirror he held up. Towards the end of the book it got political and I felt that was really what the book was about. Cut in half and you have a worthy book.

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