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All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache Paperback – Bargain Price, March 13, 2006
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
It is not a pretty journey she is forced to undertake. Kamen escorts her reader through the decade and a half of her headache hell, but somehow manages to do it (unbelievably!) with a quirky, never-give-in sense of humor. It is not an exaggeration to say that, in reading this book, you might well be doing a lot of crying and a lot of laughing.
The number of shills, quacks, charlatans, and snake-oil salesmen who parade throughout the chapters will give you a jolt. But the book is a lot more: Kamen spends a lot of time looking at how chronic pain, when it is not able to be quickly and successfully treated, starts creating resentment in the minds of medical professionals, in the minds of the families of chronic-pain sufferers, and (most tragically) in the minds of chronic-pain sufferers themselves.
Much more than just a memoir of a single person's frustrations and travails, this book also offers a broad look at chronic pain in the United States today. Kamen has done her scientific research, and shares it (without going overboard or turning her book into a medical study) generously if compactly with her readers. The appendix of resources at the end of the book is particularly helpful, as is the bibliography.
Like a pissed-off Joan of Arc, Kamen spends "All In My Head" wading in the medical, cultural, and social quagmire into which chronic-pain sufferers slowly sink, and, from the first page to the last, she's fighting. This book is a must-read for those with chronic pain, and highly recommended for their friends and families. In Paula Kamen they have found a co-traveler and ally.
If you suffer from ANY kind of chronic pain- do yourself a favor and read this book. For the millions of us who have been used as lab rats by the pharmaceutical industry- Ms. Kamen's book offers insight that can help you find your own voice again.
She details the history of medicine as it relates to such illnesses and pain (especially women), but also allows the reader to feel he/she is a part of a greater world that includes so many who are suffering. She intersperses her own story with intricately researched segments on the history of chronic daily headache/migraine, and medicine as a whole as it relates to this condition and other similar ones of pain and illness.
What I liked so much about her book were the similarities to my own story. Literally, the timeline is almost identical. I tried everything she tried. I felt every emotion she felt. I reached every conclusion she did, and felt every ounce of despair and hope she felt. The reason this is so significant for me, is that it truly shows me that there are thousands or millions of people out there with a similar daily experience. I go through my life feeling like it's just me. I don't really know others with this disability, so I am singled out as the one 'headache girl' in my circle of friends. That leads to an incredible feeling of loneliness, and a pervading feeling that I am so unlucky and drew a really bad card in life.
Having the knowledge that at least one other person has an almost identical story, makes me feel connected to others in a very profound way.
Other readers may have differences with regards to their own journey, but I invite them to focus on the fact that we are all in this, together. That is what is important about this story and this book. We are NOT ALONE!
Thanks to this book, I feel much more able to articulate exactly what is wrong with me and what I want to try next. I'm looking forward to my next headache clinic visit. I'm armed with a list of questions and suggestions that will prepare me to be a more equal partner with the medical team.
And what a comfort to know there are other Tired Girls out there. Almost a secret sorority. I've ordered two extra copies, one for my psychologist and one for the headache clinic. And I'm making my husband read it, too.
Anybody suffering from chronic pain, not just headache, can get something out of this book. Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're dealing with migraines/headaches or other chronic pain, this is a great read. It helps you remember that you're not alone, and that other people are going through crazy... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alanna Burke
Liked it a lot, although at times her slog through alternative medicine did become to feel a little tedious. Read morePublished 23 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
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
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
You know how you get itchy just by someone mentioning lice or mosquito bites? All In My Head will have the same effect: the author, Paula Kamen, does such a good job describing... Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by E. Truman