From the book jacket:
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.
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
Beyond the Book
Facts and Stats
At least 28 million Americans battle chronic headaches.
About 18% of women and 6% of men experience migraine.
Up to one-third of women between the ages of 25 and 55 have migraine.
4-5% of the population get Chronic Daily Headache (CDH) - defined as a
headache at least 15 days/month lasting at least 4 hours per episode.
0.5% suffer from constant CDH, mainly women.
Chronic pain causes more disability than cancer and heart disease
Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
About the author:
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