The Way Out: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven Approach to Heal Chronic Pain
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Here, I’ll describe my motivation for reading, what the books is about, give my review and share the official synopsis. I've been very pessimistic and depressed throughout this entire ordeal, as I imagine nearly anyone would if they were struggling with constant pain for a year, and meds have done very little to help. Fifty million Americans struggle with back pain, headaches, or some other pain that resists all treatment.
It gave me simple tools to get me through the difficult process of stopping medication, which had been exacerbating my pain for years. There are plenty of examples and different ways to approach the process in the book, and it provides a technical and practical background that forms a solid foundation to one’s PRT journey. Unterstütztend kann ich jedem noch die App Curable ans Herz legen, die die Autoren dieses Buches unterstützt haben! While I remain skeptical of its success rate, it does seem to make some sense that in some cases retraining your brain might be effective. As someone who has been dealing with TMS (mind-body) symptoms for the better part of the last year, I was both excited and kind of nervous about reading this book.She asked me cover my eyes whilst she touched my legs with a cotton wool ball or poked me with a cocktail stick. I have also read work by Dr John Sarno, which is similar, but this feels more science-driven and obviously modern, because it came out just a few months ago.
Chronic pain and long covid symptoms are not existing in a societal vacuum, there are multiple interpretations that impact on an individual’s self-understanding of their symptoms, some of which (the ones that are putting blame on the sufferer) can have a direct negative impact on those symptoms. I would have scoffed and thrown this book if I didn't know better, but there is *actual science* to back it up. But pain that persists after an injury has healed, or pain that has no clear physical cause, is usually neuroplastic pain.Apparently the science from fMRI images of the brain (before and after PRT) and studies at the University of Colorado Boulder say yes, in many cases, it *does* work. Variation on the same key, really, and kind of bogus that Sarno wasn't credited for saying the same thing already in a different way. It's already a pretty short book at 150 pages but its significant content could have been effectively reduced to a 15-page pamphlet. That means weeks of tracking your pain from a higher plane, noticing it, but not allowing it to panic you, feed your fear, up your stress, and thus reinforce its power (read: your brain's faulty loop). The author explained the recent science and brought it to life from someone who clearly lived the (suffering)experience.
You might constantly live in the fear panic cycle, or maybe you have developed a pattern of 'fixing' or maybe you are just trying to figure out the 'why'. In a world where chronic pain often plays a haunting refrain, the idea of neuroplastic reprogramming sounds like a symphony of hope. I consulted doctors of all kinds, underwent all sorts of expensive medical procedures, followed strict diets and protocols and tried almost every pill on the market.The authors explain the pain-fear cycle and how it’s possible to break that and create new connections in the brain. Over the next several years, I went through MRI’s and blood tests, was prescribed a couple different anti-depressants, Sumatriptan, Frovatriptan, a couple different anti-seizure medications, birth control, monthly emgality injections, nurtec every other day, and I even tried Botox for migraine once - they inject you all over your scalp and into your shoulders and neck. Things were looking up, I had just gotten my second COVID vaccine, I was starting a new job with a new schedule, I had finished grad school. I was in and out of the ER with facial and head pain that started during the run and would not subside. I think I was in a period of high stress (living through a pandemic, putting pressure on my newly bigger body to exercise beyond my capacity, changing from a part-time job to a full-time job, stressing over finances and finding a librarian position now that I had a Master's.
Midway thru the book (after a lame reference to the sideshow-act "Dr Phil"), we encounter an episode where the author tells of how he bolted out of a college seminar one day, driving on impulse from the West Coast to NYC to meet Lorne Michaels, expecting to get hired on-the-spot as a cast member of SNL (? The Way Out provides valuable information about the ailment of pain, and many helpful suggestions on how to heal.I have a feeling this book with help me with other discomforts such as seasickness, so I'm going to work on that next. Chronic pain is complex, by definition has been going on for a long time and will take time to recover. This book was so much fun to read that I can see myself re-reading this in the future, when I need a reminder. He is a founding member of Curable's Scientific Advisory Board, an adjunct assistant professor at USC, and just completed a groundbreaking neuroimaging study on the treatment of chronic pain. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.