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Imagine the sensation of a fishhook lodged behind your left eye and tugging backwards. Now imagine that you live with that pain 24 hours a day for 15 years. That is Kamen's headache, one that she attempted at first to cure but finally learned to accept. Kamen (Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution) first tried all sorts of drugs—some were addicting, others made her gain 70 pounds in six months; none had any effect on the pain. She turns to alternative medicine: cranial-sacral adjustments, acupuncture, gluten-free diets, magnets, yoga. Kamen intersperses her account of these increasingly bizarre treatments with a look at how Western medicine, and even feminism, abandons patients with chronic pain and other invisible ailments: since her pain has no discernible physical cause, she has been told it's "all in her head." This book may not be uplifting, but it is undeniably funny. Kamen's irreverent sense of humor about her pain and herself makes the book a delight to read as she unabashedly pokes fun at the corporate pharmaceutical industry (even while she hopes for a test-tube cure), doctors and other caregivers. Kamen makes the reader understand what it is like to be happy even while one is in pain. (Mar.)
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"A 'must read' for nurses and anyone else who suffers from an invisible disability...Razor-sharp reporting." -- Nurseweek, 6/5/06
"Essential reading for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or...enjoys a dash of wit in their memoir-reading." -- Bookslut, September 2006
"Exhaustively researched, comprehensive in its cultural analysis, effectively organized, and well, a riot." -- Book Review Digest, December 2006
"Exhaustively researched, comprehensive in its cultural analysis, effectively organized, engagingly written, and, well, a riot." -- Womens Review of Books, May/June 2006
"Kamen describes her descent into headache hell with verve and wit.... Her prose is a pleasure.... A must read." -- Boston Globe
"Sufferers will find plenty to learn from here...[This] story hasn't been told before." -- Midwest Book Review, September 2006
Â"Offers a broad look at chronic painÂ A Âmust readÂÂ with self-deprecating humor and razor sharp reporting.Â" -- Nursing Spectrum, 6/19/06
Liked it a lot, although at times her slog through alternative medicine did become to feel a little tedious. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R Kanakia
The best part of this book (the bit about marbles) was STOLEN from Christine Miserandino's, "Spoon Theory"
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Excellent book and helped me understand what my 16 year old daughter has endured for over a year now. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Brian C Hurley
I've had a chronic daily headache since I was 12, with headaches starting when I was 6. This was a difficult book for me to read, partially because it was just so right on. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Ariella
The book came as shown or as it was described, the shipping was a little slow but it was ok I was not in a rush. Thanks it has been a lot of help.Published on January 23, 2013 by rocio luna
Amazingly informative, resolutely empowering and surprisingly touching memoir. I'm dying to know if Komen has continued her research on the neurological causes of severe headache... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I read this because I am myself was sufferer of chronic daily headache. Mine started without warning, like hers, on October 13, 2010, and lasted for fifteen months. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Meaghan
When someone suffers with chronic pain and/or illness, it feels the world is out there and we are stuck in here... ALONE. As Ms. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Laura from Virginia
Reading about the quest for a cure for chronic pain from someone else's perspective is validating and strangely comforting but I wish I'd read it before I went through an almost... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Jade A. Wren