The Painful Truth by Lynn R. Webster

the painful truthThe 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 with suspicion, denied or have the acquisition of the needed pain medications made almost impossible.

While The Painful Truth naturally has a very US-centric outlook, it is still very valuable for the rest of the world, and is an eye-opener that can help those who are lucky enough not to have experienced chronic pain, get a small glimpse into what such a life is like, as well as showing us the steps we need to take to be able to better handle our chronic pain problem on a society-wide basis.

As always I invite you to find me and connect with me on Goodreads.

*I received an advanced copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

2 Comments

  1. I appreciate your review. I also noticed your review of “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. I have been inspired by Maya Angelou’s writing for years which is why I used her quote in my book, “You may not be able to control events that happen, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Chronic pain can rob an individual of a life once desired but they do not need to be reduced by it. I hope the stories in my book will let other people in pain know they are not alone and that they can choose how to live their life even if it is burdened with severe pain.

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