All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache

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Hachette Books, Feb 15, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 351 pages
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At the age of twenty-four, journalist Paula Kamen's life changed in an instant. While putting in her contact lenses, the left lens set off a chain reaction, igniting a constellation of nerves that radiated backwards from behind the surface of her eye. The pain was more piercing than with any other headache she had experienced. More than a decade later, she still has a headache-the exact same headache. From surgery to a battery of Botox injections to a dousing of Lithuanian holy water, from a mountain of pharmaceutical products to aromatherapy and even a vibrating hat, All in My Head chronicles the sometimes frightening, usually absurd, and always ineffective remedies she-and so many like her-was willing to try to relieve her pain. Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, Kamen came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms. Full of self-deprecating humor, and razor sharp reporting, All in My Head is the remarkable story of perseverance, acceptance, and patience in the face of terrifying pain.

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ALL IN MY HEAD: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache

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A darkly witty account of Kamen's long search for a cure for her headache, melded with a report on medicine's failure to solve the mystery of headaches and society's reluctance to take them seriously ... Read full review

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User Review  - mandolin82 - LibraryThing

I would recommend this book for 1. Anyone who has chronic pain (or other chronic symptoms such as fatigue). 2. People who know people in chronic pain. 3. Anyone who wants to understand what it is like ... Read full review

Contents

TRIAL AND PUNISHMENT
1
Mecca
23
The Revenge of the Ortho TriCyclen Girl
35
Those Summer Days
47
Bridal Bingo
65
Sex and the Single Migraineur
75
THE BURDEN OF PROOF
81
Hysteria and the Founding Fathers
97
The Nose Doorknob
195
Down the Rabbit Hole
207
The Hangmans Noose
221
The Yellow Wallpaper
243
Urologists in Orlando
261
CLOSING REMARKS
273
From a New Generation
295
Notes
319

REPRIEVE
113
The Foot Orgasm
137
Ayurvedic Medicine
147
The Tired Girls Women Pain and Fatigue
159
MindWallet Connection
177

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Paula Kamen is the author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache . Her commentaries have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post , among other publications. She lives in Chicago.

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