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

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The most common medical problem in America today, chronic pain is more prevalent than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined. Yet tens of millions of people struggle with pain because they can't find someone who understands how much pain affects their lives--and because they live in a culture where pain is dismissed.

Internationally recognized pain specialist Dr. Lynn Webster validates the debilitating nature of pain, offers practical answers, and helps you become a catalyst for changing the way pain is viewed in society. Drawing on his years of experience and the inspirational stories of others, he explores:
- What a difference it makes to be heard
- Why pain is much more than a symptom of disease
- The benefits and risks of opioid prescriptions
- How cultural attitudes toward pain affect us
- The role of a caregiver in the journey of pain and recovery
- How, even in the worst pain situations, you can have a fulfilling life

The Painful Truth offers a path toward awareness, hope, and healing.

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Lynn R. Webster, MD, one of the world's leading pain experts, is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. He is Vice President of Scientific Affairs for PRA Health Sciences, a leading international medical research organization, the founder of Lifetree Pain Clinic, and a Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

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"Dr. Lynn Webster's compassion for people in pain and for pain care makes The Painful Truth a groundbreaking and remarkable book. This book is a first of its kind and needed in the pain awareness movement. Dr. Webster uses true stories and his vast background and experience to remind us why
pain is a reality that cannot be ignored. The Painful Truth will change the way this country thinks about pain, pain management, and those who struggle with pain every day."

--Paul Gileno, founder and president, U.S. Pain Foundation

"The Painful Truth is a unique and important book. Through a series of poignant vignettes, Webster brings into stark relief the modern-day plague of chronic pain-one that kills insidiously and slowly, if not always literally, then most certainly socially, emotionally, and spiritually. This
book is a treasure. Everyone should read it."

--Perry Fine, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine, University of Utah; past president, American Academy of Pain Medicine

"With this book, Webster has drawn back the curtain on the disease of chronic pain that so many Americans suffer with daily while they struggle with a medical system that generally lacks understanding or education to help them. The Painful Truth is an important read for pain patients, family
members of those patients, and perhaps most importantly, the providers who care for pain patients."

--Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier III, MD, Col (ret), MC, USA; Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Medicine

"As someone who works on behalf of people in pain and who also knows what it's like to experience chronic pain, I highly recommend this book. One of the most hope-filled, helpful books on pain I've ever read."

--Janet Favero Chambers, president, National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association

"[The Painful Truth] has the potential to be a 'game changer.' The stories are very powerful."

--Myra J. Christopher, Kathleen M. Foley Chair in Pain and Palliative Care, Center for Practical Bioethics

"This book gives voice to real people who suffer with chronic pain and to their caregivers. With the wisdom and compassion of a seasoned practitioner, he tells their stories. Some are inspirational stories of healing and hope; others depict the disenfranchisement experienced by so many
forced to live with chronic pain; other stories are tragic. We would all do well to heed the call of those forced to live with chronic pain. This excellent book is a very good place to start."

--The Rev. George Anthony Hoeltzel, Episcopal priest, Yonkers, New York

"It is not often that you come across a book written by a physician that is filled with more than good advice; it is filled with compassion and understanding for people with pain. From his early childhood, Lynn Webster understood the torment of pain and the importance of just being there and
accepting the person in spite of his or her pain. His accounts of his patients are heartfelt, and anyone with pain can relate to the struggles he so perceptively tells. Dr. Webster also looks at the real issues we all face when it comes to access to care for the person with pain as well as the
struggles the provider faces in whether or not to treat people with pain in today's climate of opioid prescribing."

--Penney Cowan, founder and executive director, American Chronic Pain Association

"The Painful Truth is an asset for people who deal with pain on a personal level or on a larger scale: people suffering; their loved ones and caregivers; and practitioners of counseling, physical therapy, pharmacy, elder care, and other related professions. Webster avoids jargon in all
medical descriptions so that everyday people can un- derstand. And while every thought is given the level of development it requires, the book is not dense; it's an easy-to-read, smooth mix of story and information.EL The Painful Truth is an invaluable, hope- filled resource for individuals-and
societies-consumed by pain."

--Foreword Reviews

"An intelligent, provocative, and inspiring call to arms for those who simply want relief and a return to normalcy."

--Kirkus Reviews

"From reading this book one can very well see how compassionate Dr. Webster is in caring for his patients during their most difficult moments. This is quite noticeable in his conversations and treat- ments with his patients where he tries to balance realism and their need for hope. This is
an intelligent wake-up call in acknowledg- ing that we are not doing nearly our best to get them the treatment they need and often look at them askance when they try to do their best for themselves within the system as it exists today."

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