All in My Head by Paula Kamen
An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache

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At the age of twenty-four, Paula Kamen's life changed in an instant. While she was putting in her contacts, the left lens disturbed a constellation of nerves behind her eye. The pain was more piercing than that of any other headache she had ever experienced. More than a decade later, she still has a headache-the exact same headache. From surgery to a battery of Botox injections to a dousing of Lithuanian holy water, from a mountain of pharmaceutical products to aromatherapy and even a vibrating hat, All in My Head chronicles the sometimes frightening, usually absurd, and always ineffective remedies Kamen-like so many others-tried in order to relieve the pain. Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, she came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms. Full of self-deprecating humor and razorsharp reporting, All in My Head is the remarkable story of patience, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of terrifying pain.

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Paula Kamen is the author of "Feminist Fatale: Voices from the Twentysomething Generation Explore the Future of the Women's Movement. "Her work has appeared in the "New York Times", "Washington Post", "Ms"., the "Chicago Tribune", "EXTRA"!, the" Dallas Morning News, " and "Newsday". She is a visiting research scholar at Northwestern University's Women's Studies Program.
Published April 24, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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A darkly witty account of Kamen's long search for a cure for her headache, melded with a report on medicine's failure to solve the mystery of headaches and society's reluctance to take them seriously--especially when it's a woman who has them.

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