“As a person who lives with pain, I found reading The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us to be a surprisingly emotional experience. Right from the introduction where Dr. Webster shared his purpose for writing the book, his compassion for people like me jumped off of the page and I found myself tearing up.
For many years, I have said that we need to put a face on pain – it can affect anyone and, based on the statistics, eventually all of us will be affected by pain in one way or another. As Webster said, “Literally no one can escape pain’s effects.”
The stigma surrounding pain patients is strongly embedded in our society and the only way that I can see to combat it is to put a human face on the problem. Dr. Webster does this brilliantly in Part One of the book by sharing some stories of his patients.
By starting at the beginning of their story—not the beginning of the pain—and sharing so much of what the person’s life was like before pain, he has truly succeeded in putting a face on pain and was able to “call forth the emotions of both hope and unrest—hope because there is much that people in pain can do right now to feel better, unrest because we can’t settle for the status quo.” Carolyn Noel Read full Amazon review
“The Painful Truth is a remarkable book that has the potential to change the way we talk about pain in America. As a nurse practitioner of over thirty years, who has treated thousands of people with chronic pain and/or addiction, I can attest to the truth and incredible insight Dr. Webster’s book articulates about the realities that those with chronic pain deal with every day. The vignettes are reminiscent of the heartbreaking stories I have listened to and the people I have cared for and treated over the years.” D. Hobbins Read full Amazon review
“As I was reading this book, I kept thinking about one of my best friends, Tracy, who suffers from chronic pain, mental illness and addictions. I kept thinking about how much comfort this book will bring her. I kept thinking about how humane and readable this book is, how someone like me who has no medical or scientific background and who is not an English native can enjoy reading this book and learn so much from it.
I have changed the way I interact with Tracy and the patronizing manner I used to judge people with chronic pain and addictions thanks to Dr Webster.” laurence birkett Read full Amazon review
“My husband has suffered from CRPS for several years. They don’t know the cause and there is no cure. I am the caretaker living with severe spinal stenosis of my own. Because of a small percentage of people who do not follow instructions, the larger majority of careful suffering patients are treated like criminals by the law makers, pharmacies, and insurance companies making it difficult to have quality of life, take vacations when some states and countries refuse to fill valid prescriptions. Dr. Webster was our doctor before he dedicated his efforts to research.” ewock Read full Amazon review
“Before reading this book, I knew next to nothing about chronic pain. My initial interest was sparked when I encountered people in my life who were dealing with fibromyalgia, a condition I didn’t quite understand. Chronic pain is much more widespread than I previously thought, impacting people of all ages, even my 21 year old friend.” Jessica. Read full Amazon review