PAIN: An Owner's Manual

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PAIN: An Owner's Manual

Georgia Weston

If you hurt, read this book! A young pain victim's inspirational and informative conversations with a variety of pain sufferers and specialists.

They share their experiences with pain, their coping strategies, and what works for them in getting through the day. Astonishingly frank conversations range from marijuana use to childbirth to suicide.

They offer honest revelations about living with pain caused by Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Arthritis, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Migraines, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Cerebral Palsy, and more.

Different therapies and coping strategies work for different people, ranging from video games to noise canceling headphones to working out, watching TV, Botox injections, or performing standup comedy. For some, it's creating art, for others it's riding horses, or petting their dog.

There are realistic discussions of therapies such as biofeedback, Iyengar yoga, and hypnotherapy. And candid revelations about drugs -- from pot to brand name prescription narcotics -- and tales of addictions, young and old. Horror stories turn into hopeful tales of personal heroism, perseverance, family unity, and caring.

A must-read for all doctors, who will get an earful from the other side of the examination room.

413 pages

About the Author

A longtime sufferer of chronic pain, Georgia Weston is the founder of the Teen Pain Help Foundation ( where she does public speaking on the subject of young people in pain. She serves as an advocate for combining Western medicine with alternative therapies and for sharing information among pain sufferers.

Georgia wrote this book as a student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she was a psychology major, with a minor in art.

After graduation, she attended the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and earned her Master of Social Work degree.

Georgia currently is the Executive Director of a non-profit foundation called CHYP (Creative Healing for Youth in Pain). The foundation's mission is to help young people alleviate chronic pain through using creative pursuits such as music, art, writing, dance, etc.