Total Recovery

Total Recovery

Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression : How We Get Sick, Why We Stay Sick, How We Can Recover

Book - 2014
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Chronic pain has always been a mystery. For the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from it, chronic pain often returns at the slightest provocation, even when doctors can't find anything wrong. Conventional treatments focus on symptoms, not causes, and can leave patients locked into a lifetime of suffering. Here, Dr. Gary Kaplan argues that we've been thinking about the nature of pain all wrong. Drawing on patient stories and cutting-edge research, Dr. Kaplan concludes that chronic physical and emotional pain are two sides of the same coin. Whether pain is traumatic or slight, physical or emotional, our brains register all pain as the same thing, and these signals can keep firing in the nervous system for years. Moreover, Dr. Kaplan asserts, disease is not the result of a single event, but an accumulation of traumas. Every injury, every infection, every toxin, and every emotional blow generates the same reaction: inflammation, activated by tiny cells in the brain called microglia. Turned on from too many assaults, their stimulation can have a devastating cumulative effect. Dr. Kaplan's unified theory of chronic pain and depression helps us understand not only the causes but also the issues we must address to create a pathway to healing. With this revolutionary new framework in place, we have been given the keys to recover.--From publisher description.
Publisher: [Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2014]
ISBN: 9781623362751
Branch Call Number: 616.047 KAPLAN
Characteristics: xxii, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Beech, Donna


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Jun 13, 2016

Good information! A must read for anyone with chronic pain/depression or a caregiver to one who is. Author shows how our physical and emotional history affects our present health and can delay recovery. Patient examples are interesting and kept me reading.

For anyone suffering from chronic pain this book offers new insights about its causes and suggests new treatment strategies that may prove helpful.


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