Pain As A Women's Issue (sources cited in chapter 13)
The Secret of Chronic Daily Headache
Those with chronic pain generally live double lives, of constantly trying to appear "normal" while secretly struggling to do the most "minor" tasks. And for headache sufferers in particular, the specific problem of chronic daily headache has been especially hidden, misunderstood, and underreported. (Some doctors describe CDH as on the same continuum of episodic migraine, as a worsening of the same underlying disease.) Making matters worse, sufferers often feel tremendous guilt and shame for not being "cured" with drugs or positive thinking.
Chronic Daily Headache as a Disability
Chronic daily headache is generally very disabling. In the 2004 book Migraine and Other Headaches, authors compare those with severe chronic head pain to others one would more commonly accept as disabled. "In general, headache sufferers are worse off than people who have arthritis, roughly similar to those who have congestive heart failure severe enough to interfere with walking up and down stairs and only slightly better than people with AIDS," write neurologists William B. Young and Stephen D. Silberstein, summing up medical research in the field to a popular audience.
From the preface to All In My Head, pages ix - xvi. Copyright Paula Kamen 2005. All rights reserved. No part of this book maybe reproduced without written permission from the publisher, Da Capo Press.
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