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Curing Chronic Pain: Customer Reviews – Part 1

Opiate-Cure-Blog-Logo-Dr-Robert-Cochran-OpiatesOne thing we notice in many of the reviews and testimonials regarding Dr. Cochran’s books are the number of people who seem discouraged before finding them. Down and out. Ready to throw in the towel. When suddenly, someone recommends one of his books, a friends buys the book for them, a friend of a friend tells someone about the books, etc… The point we’re trying to make is this – If you  know someone suffering from chronic pain and/or bipolar, direct them to this book, or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Change a life by empowering someone with critical information that can transform their daily lives. These books seemed to have done this over and over for thousands of people. Go ahead – Reach out and change a life. Save them daly chronic pain and anguish.

The following testimonials are from Amazon.com and were written about Dr. Robert Cochran’s book, Understanding Chronic Pain.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is a very educated, well written book that looks at a different aspect for chronic pain patients. I would love to see some article that may have been published by this author. This is an in depth view in to the practice of a physician who is very caring and motivated in helping his patients try to find relief for their pain. There are only a handful of physicians with the heart and devotion left practicing in such a caring manner,since the insurance companies and the government keep reducing the reimbursements every year, but that is a different subject. Great look into the minds, hearts, and treatment of patients with chronic pain.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis book is a “must read” for anyone suffering from chronic pain and/or bipolar disorder or depression. For those who have lost hope of further recovery, you will find it again within the pages of this book. (You will want to buy two copies – one for yourself and one for your physician.) “Curing Chronic Pain” should be required reading for all physicians and psychiatrists.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI have found Dr. Cochran’s books to be extremely helpful in understanding many different types of pain and what can lead to a person being in pain, for many different reasons. Our mind and body are so connected, working together to tell us with pain what may need to be addressed. The individual stories within the books help us to find ourselves and what may be causing our painful body. I find Dr. Cochran a safe place for help, because the Government has no understanding in why painful patients may need to take pain medications. The war on drugs has made a villain the very medication that is needed and works differently for people who have real pain issues. If you have pain and can not get relief, read Dr. Cochran’s books. Healing can be found with understanding.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is a must-have resource for anyone who suffers chronic pain or knows of someone who does. I have researched for 6 years any resource that would help understand chronic pain. This has helped me & my loved ones gain a different perspective of what I live with on a day-to-day basis. Please include the prequel to this book “Understanding Chronic Pain”. It was a tremendous help also.

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Understanding Chronic Pain: Customer Reviews – Part 2

Opiate-Cure-Blog-Logo-Dr-Robert-Cochran-OpiatesChances are, you know someone who is dealing with horrible pain. Dr. Cochran’s books are the path to recovery, and have been since 1999 when he wrote his very first book about chronic pain – Understanding Chronic Pain: Stories of Hope and Healing.

In today’s busy world, we often don’t think to look into a book to solve problems associated with pain. Apparently, these books are different, since they have obviously touched so many lives  The proof? The hundreds of testimonials on Amazon.com and various other online book retailers.

Below, is the send list of reviews and testimonials from Dr. Robert Cochran’s book: Understanding Chronic Pain.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranDear Sufferers,
Dear Unsuccessful Doctors of Sufferers, Dear Family, Friend, or Acquaintance of Sufferer, Dear Abuser or would be abuser,
Dear Employer, Insurance Company, Lawyer, or Otherwise Interested Party,
In his new book Dr Cochran offers case by case several of the thousands of cases he has treated over 40 years in private practice and at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Addressed as “A Doctor Talks To His Patients”, the book is outstanding in its readability, and the chronic pain sufferer who reads this book will benefit not only in broadening his understanding of the many faces and causes of pain, but of groundbreaking, exciting, and highly effective treatments of such. Combining neurology,psychology, and creative modern pharmacology with vast experience and unwavering, empathetical dedication to his patients, Dr.Cochran herein seems to derive a new etiology-a set of symptoms, physical-neurological-and psycholocical-which NEWLY DEFINE CHRONIC PAIN in what he terms a MIND-SOUL DISEASE, allowing it to be CLINICALLY DIAGNOSABLE, thus removing quite many associated mysteries. The anecdotal histories then describe creative, sensible and very successful, LASTING RELIEF for everything from MIGRAINE to PELVIC PAIN and let’s not forget THE BACK!! His love for his patients, his dedication to them and his specialty, his profound curiosity of the “nature of the beast”, and his fearlessness in choosing new and effective combinations of weapons in attack are thoughtfully placed throughout.
I believe this book will be viewed as more than a milestone in the field of medicine in may ways, perhaps most importantly in establishing and clinically confirming that THE PAIN IS REAL and THERE’S A REASON FOR IT !! Dr. Cochran suggests this gains the sufferer not only a level of dignity unallowed in un-diagnosable and therefore “Questionable” pain, but he apparently then is psychologically boosted into a more promising prognosis–HOW SENSIBLE !!If you can see the enemy-you can take a promising shot at it! Dr. Cochran knows the enemy, and through this book, effectively draws the community of chronic pain sufferers together in conquering it. Relations of chronic pain to past traumas, physical and/or psychological are made. Sometimes quite disturbing truths as sexual or physical abuse, though perhaps not surprising, are exposed in a careful and thought provoking manner.
What an insightful and valueable pile of pages !!

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranFrom this book I learned much about the pharmacology of pain management. There are remedies for chronic pain, and Dr. Cochran provides examples of his practice to show that there is hope. The book also indirectly asks the reader, especially the person in pain, to examine themselves (their pain and health) along the way.

While the book took me through the trials of both patient and doctor, I found the most useful insights of the book concerned, perhaps ironically, the idea of wellness. In particular, Dr. Cochran writes about a state of intense engagement and satisfaction, which he calls “type two mania”– in opposition to the mania associated with manic-depression. For a doctor to have a clear idea of health no doubt makes his choice of treatments much more profound and effective than that of those who simply fear that patients will fall into a pattern of abuse and deterioration. Dr. Cochran believes people will try to do good things, provided they are relatively free of pain.

The mania of wellness is a delicate thing. For many the conditions of their lives do not allow them the ability to pursue the intense pleasures associated with work dedicated to quality and lives given to excellence. For others it is the conditions of their bodies that bring their efforts to painful, unfinished ends. For many, a combination of unfortunate circumstances and crippling pain makes the type of health promoted and practiced by Dr. Cochran difficult, if not impossible, to realize.

Dr. Cochran works like a Freudian trained in neurophysiology. In doing so, he discovers patterns of abuse, often forgotten or repressed, that partially account for the suffering of his patients. Pain, in Dr. Cochran’s model, is situated in the brain. The brain creates and sustains pain to the point that it becomes a pattern. Pain medication breaks the patterns and provides relief. In many cases, the neuropsychological causes cannot be found or addressed completely. Dr. Cochran honestly reveals his difficulties. His narratives frequently trail off at such points, and the reader can hear, in the silences, the doctor wondering.

Of a piece with these lost narratives is the story of the social conditions of health care in America itself. Therapeutic individualism can only partially mask the fact that 40 million people are without health insurance in the richest country in the world. How many people rely on the tranquilizers of common people: cigarettes, booze and God? (In keeping with his narrative style in which difficult questions are at times asked but unanswered, Dr. Cochran references God in the concluding pages– an oblique and haunting reference, I think, to the fact that God has been and continues to be the only available opiate for those who suffer without access to proper medications).

This criticism does not mean to detract from Dr. Cochran’s work. In fact, history shows that what becomes normal for the rich, one day becomes the custom of the ordinary for good and bad. But it does not come easy.

I certainly recommend this book to chronic pain sufferers, social scientists interested in the practice of medicine, and to physicians who struggle with the delicate issue of prescribing controlled substances.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI am so glad that Dr. Cochran wrote this book. Most books of this ilk tend to forget about the patients; relying mostly on treatments, therapies, etc. The ability of the author to speak in normal english is also somewhat unique.

I would like to recommend A Pained Life, a chronic pain journey, as a complementary book to this one. It takes Dr. Cochran’s book one step further by detailing one person’s pain journey through the medical maze and personal roller coaster that is chronnic pain.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranMy mother had the opportunity to attend a book signing with Dr. Cochran and immediatly purchased the book for me. I have suffered many years with chronic pain but the last 10 months with uncontrollable pain that NO doctor could control. As I read Dr. Cochrans book my first thought several chapters in was “he gets it” and he does, yes it has took years of training, but he used his best tool, his ears! He listened to his patients and learned from them. He puts it all together in this book and shows how our mind, circumstances throughout life, and our daily life affect our level of pain. Any physician can give you pain pills daily but when you swollow them and they don’t help there has to be something else going on. Dr. Cochran explains many different individual circumstances and you yourself will be one or more of them you will relate to, as I did. Read this book, and ANYONE you know that suffers with chronic pain do them a favor and tell them about the book and also, maybe suggest to your doctor to read it, more physicians should always go the distance to help each and every patient to the best of their abilities and as you read this book you will learn that Dr. Cochrans eggerness to continue to learn all he can about chronic pain has allowed him to not only help his patients with some rather serious chronic pain conditions but to write a book about his knowledge and also his ability to share this in a way that anyone can understand what is behind chronic pain, I think in our society today we believe that surgery or pain pills are the only answer to our chronic pain, yes they may be necessary, but remember there is pain and CHRONIC PAIN, those who have it or know someone who does??? READ IT!

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranIn Dr. Cochran’s book, he explains about different situations that causes chronic pain. He writes it in a way that a person will understand that there is REAL PAIN.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that suffers from chronic pain or anyone that knows someone that does.

For the person that has chronic pain, this book will help you better understand about your pain. After having two serious back surgeries, I am left with chronic pain on a daily basis. This book will let you know that there is a doctor that finally understands what we go through. It will also give you hope to know that you do not have to suffer so much because there are treatments to help with the pain.

I have sometimes felt alone, but this book and Dr. Cochran has shown me that I am not alone and that he really does understands and cares. Also, that I do not have to feel guilty about taking medication for the treatment of my chronic pain.

For someone that knows a person that has chronic pain, it is a informative tool for them to understand how that person is suffering. It will also let you know that the person in chronic pain maybe dealing with alot of issues that are brought out in this book.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranIt’s wonderful to finally find a book that clearly offers both hope and understandable solutions. It is very readable.

As someone who has a family member who suffers from chronic pain, I found Dr. Cochran’s book to be both enlightening and thought-provoking. I continue to refer to it often and our family benefits from his insights. We have shared those insights with other medical professionals. We are already seeing changes and relief.

This is a different kind of “pain” book. Dr. Cochran truly understands the many layers and facets of chronic pain. He handles taboo subjects with grace and again, hope.

If you want to find meaning in the chaos of your chronic pain, this book will help you (and friends and family) break through the cloud of uncertainty and long-suffering.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranIf you are searching for answers to chronic pain, you must read this book. When Dr. Cochran described his chronic pain patients, I felt as if he were following me through the day, noting my behavior, measuring my symptoms and writing a book just about me. A habit such as compulsive record keeping, which I always considered a personal peccadillo, is actually a common characteristic of chronic pain patients. The first few chapters described my condition so well, I knew this book was a departure from the endless circle of new doctors, repetitive tests, multiple diagnoses and no solutions.

Dr. Cochran recommends combinations of established, safe and inexpensive drugs. It is incredibly refreshing to find someone who believes your pain is real and has a plan to relieve or eliminate your suffering without surgery or complicated procedures. Two months after I started Dr. Cochran’s basic treatment plan I was completely pain free for the first time in over ten years.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI read this entire book in about 4 hours. The large number of anecdotes made it easy reading. But the real problem with the book is its vagueness on topics the author chooses to write about. A good example is the Mind-soul disease (suitably new-age concept). His explanation isn’t really developed and fleshed out. Because this is not a typical m.d. concept, the author had a special obligation to communicate the nature of this disease and how to treat it. But he simply doesn’t do it. Another example is his critique of opiates as “not very effective drugs.” Once again, he doesn’t explain with any persuasive details and arguments why opiates are not effective. He prefers to use anti-depressants, Klonopin (sister to valium and xanax) and other atypical drugs (atypical for pain).

Most importantly, the anecdotes are simply inadequate substitutes for coherent, persuasive explanations and logic. Also, his dismissal of opiates is irresponsible. Opiates are proven, effective drugs to treat pain–chronic as well as acute. The medical profession has a tremendous problem with getting doctors to prescribe effective doses of pain medication that eliminate or mitigate pain. This book, I feel strongly, tries hard to exhibit compassion for and exploit the emotions of the pain sufferer to satisfy the holistic, new age philosophy of the author. Ironically, arguing against the use of opiates will only encourage patients and doctors not to use medication that will help with chronic pain.

Finally, part of the title of the book “…A doctor talks to his patients” implies that physicians who advocate the use of opiates and who reject mind-soul disease concept (et al) do not communicate with their patients. I suffer from chronic pain and I purchased this book from Amazon without knowing the authors’ biases and premises. I find this book to be well-intentioned, but ultimately insensitive and even cruel to those suffering from chronic pain.

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis book is a fascinating read, with many very intriguing ideas about how chronic pain begins, is perpetuated, and is related to a wide variety of other disorders.

That said, it is important for readers to understand that what is described in this book is NOT the mainstream, modern view of either the treatment or the neurobiology of chronic pain. Throughout this book, there are definitions of medical terms that are decades out of date, broad speculative theories based apparently entirely on the author’s anecdotal experience but presented as fact, and claims about neurobiology that are certainly not anywhere near accepted by current neuroscientists. In addition, many of the treatments advocated by the author are not at all current accepted practice – and often for good reason. For example, the author repeatedly talks about how useful Klonopin is, and gives many examples of using it in patients. There is almost no mention at all, however, of the significant problems that can accompany long term use of this medication – or the fact that most physicians heavily discourage such use because of these serious side effects.

I don’t at all regret taking the time to read this work – as a neuroscience PhD and MD interested in the overlap of chronic pain and psychiatry, I found it a really amazing tour of one man’s experiences with an entire career’s worth of treating patients with chronic pain, and filled with fascinating ideas that I am sure I will carry with me, and which I look forward to learning more about the validity of. But patients and clinicians alike should be careful to read it with a skeptical eye, taking it as a rich collection of ideas and experiences, but not from someone necessarily considered a current authority in the field.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI think the doctor here is being practical the only thing doctor’s have to offer for the most part is medicine and mostly everything else is temporary anyway. This doctor had the compassion to write a book about pain that the average reader could understand. It takes alot of time to write a book and I, for one, appreciate his efforts.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThe other day, I came across this book in my physicians office and we started discussing it.

The book in his terms was so fascinating that I bought another copy of it, started reading and was actually lost in it.

Really good book, worth sharing. Talking about a women, whose life changed due to Chronic Pain and making you understand the concepts of pain, how to deal with it and some top-notch medical stuff.

Really useful for students, for patients and every practicing physician out there.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranMy daughter has recently been diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome and we are at a total loss. This book gave us some sense of security that we are not alone and that it is an international situation, which unfortunately, has no cure. Thank you.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI met Dr. Cochran several years ago, after going to many doctors all my life, and he was the only one to be able to help me. He is presently one of three doctors listed in TN for the Fibromyalgia Association of the US which is a growing concern only recognized the last several years but I have had at least since age 9.

I am impressed with all his learning, experience and willingness to share with the public his knowledge that will make the public aware about pain and that there is help – if you are willing to accept it. After reading his book[s] I don’t feel so bad about myself since it makes one understand what I never understood before. He gives one hope.

His first book is good and leads up to making his second book even better. I recommend that one read both of them. The man acknowledges that he never quits caring, learning and sharing with the hopes for mankind that there is help.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis book is a must read for any one who lives with chronic pain.

this is the second book i have read by dr. cochran. if he writes a third i will read it as well. i am not that much for reading, the thing is he is just all that as an author. his unusual approach to the understanding and treatment of chronic pain is ahead of it’s time. this book is an easy read, and i can relate to so much of it. he is a leader in the field. his outlook and additude has helped mine. his understanding has given me an understanding that has helped me not only to cope with my chronic pain but to thrive with it.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranBooks like this are very helpful but I would recommend, in addition to Dr. Cochran’s book, A PAINED LIFE, a chronic pain journey. Unlike the snapshots in Dr. Cochran’s book this book describes one woman’s life with chronic pain, living with it and fighting against it.

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Understanding Chronic Pain: Customer Reviews – Part 1

Opiate-Cure-Blog-Logo-Dr-Robert-Cochran-OpiatesOne thing we notice in many of the reviews and testimonials regarding Dr. Cochran’s books are the number of people who seem discouraged before finding them. Down and out. Ready to throw in the towel. When suddenly, someone recommends one of his books, a friends buys the book for them, a friend of a friend tells someone about the books, etc… The point we’re trying to make is this – If you  know someone suffering from chronic pain and/or bipolar, direct them to this book, or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Change a life by empowering someone with critical information that can transform their daily lives. These books seemed to have done this over and over for thousands of people. Go ahead – Reach out and change a life. Save them daly chronic pain and anguish.

The following testimonials are from Amazon.com and were written about Dr. Robert Cochran’s book, Understanding Chronic Pain.

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I have suffered chronic pain for over 5+ years and have spent a great deal of time researching the subject. I recently picked up Dr. Cochran’s book and spent two days devouring his book. On the third day, I e-mailed him at his web site to explain my chronic pain problems and to my surprise, he contacted me by phone 2 days later!! I was so impressed that I subsequently flew from New Mexico to Nashville to meet with him. Dr. Cochran is a gifted physician who cares deeply for his patients and combined with his gift of listening, his expertise with neuropharmacology and his unsurpassed understanding of chronic pain he was able to come with up with a personal game plan for me. Dr. Cochran’s truly understands the mind body connection and the implications that emotions can create havoc with your pain. Dr. Cochran’s Book exempilfies “Thinking outside the box”. I guarantee that you, the reader will be able to relate to some of his case studies. I highly recommend reading this book. I also suggest that your current or past pain physician has not spoken to some of the issues brought forward by this book. This is necessary reading to those who do suffer from chronic pain. Give a copy to your physician or at the very least discuss the book with them, as well as, your friends and family.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI read this entire book in about 4 hours. The large number of anecdotes made it easy reading. But the real problem with the book is its vagueness on topics the author chooses to write about. A good example is the Mind-soul disease (suitably new-age concept). His explanation isn’t really developed and fleshed out. Because this is not a typical m.d. concept, the author had a special obligation to communicate the nature of this disease and how to treat it. But he simply doesn’t do it. Another example is his critique of opiates as “not very effective drugs.” Once again, he doesn’t explain with any persuasive details and arguments why opiates are not effective. He prefers to use anti-depressants, Klonopin (sister to valium and xanax) and other atypical drugs (atypical for pain).

Most importantly, the anecdotes are simply inadequate substitutes for coherent, persuasive explanations and logic. Also, his dismissal of opiates is irresponsible. Opiates are proven, effective drugs to treat pain–chronic as well as acute. The medical profession has a tremendous problem with getting doctors to prescribe effective doses of pain medication that eliminate or mitigate pain. This book, I feel strongly, tries hard to exhibit compassion for and exploit the emotions of the pain sufferer to satisfy the holistic, new age philosophy of the author. Ironically, arguing against the use of opiates will only encourage patients and doctors not to use medication that will help with chronic pain.

Finally, part of the title of the book “…A doctor talks to his patients” implies that physicians who advocate the use of opiates and who reject mind-soul disease concept (et al) do not communicate with their patients. I suffer from chronic pain and I purchased this book from Amazon without knowing the authors’ biases and premises. I find this book to be well-intentioned, but ultimately insensitive and even cruel to those suffering from chronic pain.

Click the books below to order today.

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI have suffered chronic pain for over 5+ years and have spent a great deal of time researching the subject. I recently picked up Dr. Cochran’s book and spent two days devouring his book. On the third day, I e-mailed him at his web site to explain my chronic pain problems and to my surprise, he contacted me by phone 2 days later!! I was so impressed that I subsequently flew from New Mexico to Nashville to meet with him. Dr. Cochran is a gifted physician who cares deeply for his patients and combined with his gift of listening, his expertise with neuropharmacology and his unsurpassed understanding of chronic pain he was able to come with up with a personal game plan for me. Dr. Cochran’s truly understands the mind body connection and the implications that emotions can create havoc with your pain. Dr. Cochran’s Book exempilfies “Thinking outside the box”. I guarantee that you, the reader will be able to relate to some of his case studies. I highly recommend reading this book. I also suggest that your current or past pain physician has not spoken to some of the issues brought forward by this book. This is necessary reading to those who do suffer from chronic pain. Give a copy to your physician or at the very least discuss the book with them, as well as, your friends and family.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is that rare book that will help and inform physicians and patients alike through fascinating and instructive “stories” (case reports.) There are no claims of dramatic breakthroughs but rather a believable success rate that can be raised from the usual 25% or so to more than 50%, which is dramatic when one considers that Dr. Cochran ends up with referrals that have not responded to any number of treatments. The approach Dr. Cochran uses involves an exceptional amount of listening to the whole history, and a willingness to try various combinations of medications and insightful thinking about factors that may trigger or perpetuate chronic pain. Readers can find other books on the subject (see cross references, Amazon), and the scientifically minded can sample controlled studies such as “Combination Therapy for Neuropathic Pain-Which Drugs, Which Combination, Which Patients”, New England Journal of Medicine, 352:13, March 31,2005. As a doctor of the same vintage as Dr. Cochran, I agree that the time has arrived to use the insights of modern immunology, i.e. that the body may attack itself in certain diseases (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) in such a way that the “immune” response is counterproductive, analogous to how acute pain may provide protective reactions but chronic pain means that the mechanism has gone awry and is defeating the original purpose. Dr. Cochran describes the likely ways in which this perverted response can occur, and what might work to break the cycle. I have bought an extra copy so I can lend it to willing readers while keeping my original copy readily available.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranFor far too long, chronic pain sufferers have been considered as just another difficult statistic. In many previous books on the subject, very little empathy for their tortuous plight has been shown. This is no longer true with the publication of UNDERSTANDING CHRONIC PAIN: A DOCTOR TALKS TO HIS PATIENTS, in which Dr. Robert T. Cochran, Jr. effectively puts a personal face on the debilitating dilemma of chronic pain.

His compassion and determination to actually help his patients control their intense levels of pain shines though on every well-written page. By examining actual case studies, we learn emphatically that no one should suffer needlessly when legitimate pain control options are available. One can only hope Dr. Cochran’s expertise and enthusiasm in this area will inspire other professionals to be more considerate in dealing with this important yet complicated area of caregiving.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranTo anyone who suffers from chronic pain, and those whose lives are touched by chronic pain sufferers, this book is a must-read. Dr. Cochran explores the depths and complexities to chronic pain that most doctors either can’t or won’t. Best of all, people like myself who do not understand medical jargon, will be able to read this book and understand it! As Dr. Cochran speaks with his patients throughout this book the reader will understand the beast of chronic pain as the layers are peeled back and injuries and memories are revisited and then the patient’s pain is explainable…and proven REAL. Finally here is a physician able to show caring knowledge and offer real help and treat the whole person. Dr. Cochran’s book has been so very helpful to me and also to my husband. Dear reader, if you suffer from chronic pain and cannot put into words the terrible pain you deal with daily, I highly recommend this book for you to get and give to your friends and family. Chronic pain can be so very isolating and lonely and this book certainly helped my loved ones “get it”. To read other’s stories and the physician’s point of view in black and white was a wonderful, and much NEEDED, validation. You will not regret your purchase as it is money well spent. It will help you and those you love put a “face” to your pain and the relief you will feel is priceless.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranIf you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, please read Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr’s book, Understanding Chronic Pain: A Doctor Talks To His Patients. I am not a medical professional; I am a 51 year old woman who has, for the past 20 years been diagnosed with painful and exhausting illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the Epstein Barr virus, Fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease that required surgery, menstrual problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. As soon as I find a way to ease the pain of one problem, another excruciating painful problem manifests. Some of you may suffer so badly that you can’t hold a job. Your family and friends have had to deal with your unpredictable health, so your social life and intimate connections have dwindled to nothing. Unless your employer is incredibly flexible, you either can’t hold a job or have to function under the stress of constant pain, worrying about when you’ll make the mistake that will get you fired. To top it off, you really don’t care because if you are out of work, at least you will be able to get enough rest.

Worst of all, you may think that this is all in your mind.

Let Dr. Cochran explain to you that it is all in your mind – and in your body, too. After reading this book, you will, for the first time, understand why you hurt and why you can never seem to stop the cycle of pain. You will have information that you can share with your physician that may lead to the path of a life that is not ruled by pain. I have not found the solution to my chronic pain yet, but Dr. Cochran’s book has given me something that I have not had for many, many years. It has given me hope. Let it give you hope, too.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranVery good book. Dr Cochran goes places that no one else goes. He talks about the psychological, psychosocial and psychiatric effects of chronic pain. He the first one to cover Conversion Disorder and Functional illness in a book of this type. This book is about treatment with medication, many different types of medication. After 30 yrs of treating chronic pain he very astute at treating it. I think that those who suffer should read with an open mind to the fact that what started out as in an injury may have transformed in to something different. He discusses the disease of the body and the mind. This isn’t a feel better without medication and diet book. Thank Heavens.

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The Opiate Cure: Customer Reviews – Part 2

Opiate-Cure-Blog-Logo-Dr-Robert-Cochran-OpiatesAs more people read Dr. Robert Cochran’;s books, the more reviews and testimonials we see ata Amazon.com regarding hisbooks, and quite often his treatment of patentints in the Nashvile area. Below, are more reviews from Dr. Cochran’s book, The Opiate Cure.

As always, feel free to send us your comments and testimonials. We welcome all feedback, be it good or bad.

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In this book, the author looks at a surprising finding he has stumbled across in potentially curing debilitating mental disorders and chronic pain in general. The author is a doctor who shares his cases in terms a non-medical reader can understand. Some people are very close minded to the idea that opiates (including Methadone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine) can aid with mental illnesses. Dr. Cochran prescribes these drugs in very small doses that are not at the addictive level at all. This book offers hope and is worth the read.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is a pretty pedestrian book about an interesting subject. The author claims to have cured both chronic pain and bipolar disorder with opiates. He offers no real reason for why he makes these claims, but does offer lots of case histories to back them up. I found myself wanting more than what was offered; some sort of explanation of his claims would have been nice. Even if it was speculation it would have been nice to have. I also found it a little bit condescending to have him use the phrase “that’s the bipolar way” several times, especially because he used it to dismiss some ‘non-compliant’ behaviors.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranIn this book, the author looks at a surprising finding he has stumbled across in potentially curing debilitating mental disorders and chronic pain in general. The author is a doctor who shares his cases in terms a non-medical reader can understand. Some people are very close minded to the idea that opiates (including Methadone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine) can aid with mental illnesses. Dr. Cochran prescribes these drugs in very small doses that are not at the addictive level at all. This book offers hope and is worth the read.

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is one informative book; helpful is the first word that pops into my head. I think that the goal of this book is firstly to get a cure out there or simply show those ill that is ok to be like they are, it can be controlled.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranRobert T. Cochram brings us only one book in which the treatments are discussed, symptoms are listed and all structured beautifully in short interviews or personal stories told from the point of view of persons that were or are ill and learned how to live with it.

Overall I recommend this book for all of you out there that confront with certain diseases like bipolar depression and mania, attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or narcolepsy. I don’t suffer for any of listed illnesses, but I en joyed reading once in a while anything else besides books, novels, or even short stories. I enjoyed the english hour I’ve read the book, and honestly?

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranHaving bipolar disorder and dealing with pain issues this book put it altogether for me.I try to stay educated on my medical issues, but this book described “the whole person” for the first time instead of the typical symptom oriented medical articles. Now the challenge is to get all my doctors to see me as a “whole person” instead of a specific set of symptoms that fall within their field of specialty.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThese Books, and Doctor Cochran are by themselves Amazing,Intriguing,Understanding, and DO WORK.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI’ve been on Medications of sorts since i was 10 years old and nothing has worked, helped, or improved my life in any way, more than anything, most “treatments” only made me worse. Finally, at age 20 my psychiatrist had told me that i’d finally been diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (amongst other things) and that the medications i’d been prescribed for years werent working because i needed “talking” therapy. Because i had problems taking the medications on time/as directed.. missing a dose would more often then not “Make me crazy” or set me back a year! I’d never held a job, i lived with my parents, was unable to deal or function in society whatsoever… Then, After meeting and being in the care of Dr. Cochran..just with the simple tweak and use of medication that was “take as needed”, the stress of missing a dose for one, allowed me to even try it, because i had given up any anti-depressants or anti-psychotics for fear that i’d only get worse, or that i’d be ok for a month or 2 only to fail or get knocked back down my step ladder. I’ve been under his care for almost 3 years, and in that time.. i’ve held a job, have a car and my own house and through all the stress and issues i’ve had during those 3 years, nothing has been able to ” set me back” or Fail! This OPIATE CURE, REALLY AND TRULY WORKS! But only for those who can and will let it! Never Abuse the situation, medication or doctors trust, because thats what ruins it for the rest of the world! But people who ‘Self-medicate’ they have a clue as to why they want this medication so badly, it obviously works! If only some were given the chance to improve themselves the way they’re trying to, without doing it illegally, then maybe they’d also have a chance at a REAL life. Thank you Doctor Cochran! Even tho you’re retiring in practice, i’ll keep watching for your books!

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranWhen I started with the book, I wasn’t too excited as I had no-one who is suffering from bi-ploar disorder. Half the way down, I am turned on. The book has good stories which make you understand the pain the people faced. The book also helps you in understanding pain, body’s response to pain, the cure, the approach to treatment and much more.

I really loved the book, coz, doctor himself has faced the pain and explains his approach to handling it. Good and highly informative.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranI am so glad this book finally came out in an e-reader format. I think when it was first released, it was in a Kindle format and then they removed it. I have read this doctor’s other books on chronic pain and he is now considered a leading expert on debilitating pain and its relief. I have been to see him before and his waiting room is packed with people in pain, from fibromyalgia, depression, chronic migraines, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain syndrome and even PTSD and OCD. They are all there to get relief and he has had incredible success in pain management and often can clear the pain altogether. I know people come to him from all over the world for treatment and his books are extremely well-written and a must read for patients, pain sufferers, and therapists.

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The Opiate Cure: Customer Reviews – Part 1

Opiate-Cure-Blog-Logo-Dr-Robert-Cochran-OpiatesNothing speaks the truth like actual testimonials and reviews from “real” people. It’s one thing to have an authority figure TELL YOU if something works or does not work, and it’s another to have the opinions of many share their experiences with you..

The following reviews were taken from Amazon.com for his book, The Opiate Cure. In some cases, the people writing the reviews are also patients of Dr. Cochran, which makes for some pretty interesting information.

This book is informative and filled with hope for sufferers of bipolar disorder. When read in progression, Dr. Cochrans’ 3 books follow the progression of his learning about these disorders and their link to chronic pain in a logical fashion. His willingness to challenge the status quo is both courageous and compassionate. Having suffered from bipolar disorder my entire life, these books and the information contained in them have given me hope that a normal life is possible for me and others like me. These books are a must read for people with mental disorders. Thank you Dr.

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If you buy this book it will show you a side to this topic you never would have thought about. You learn a lot more and think about this stuff like you never would have. I bought it at a store looking for something to read at night time and finished thinking “I never would have thought about that”. Its worth it considering I paid $20 for it which is aggravating but that’s okay.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is a must read book for understanding how Opiates truly help people with different mental or emotional issues. I have Post Traumatic Stress and Chronic Pain. I have found Dr. Cochran’s methods proven true. I thank him for his insight and help.

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Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis book was very informative. Its obvious the Auther has great compassion for patients enduring chromic pain. He has many years of hands on experience as he demonstrates by giving real patient sinerios using opiates for pain and the bipolar spectrum.When I finished this book I had a clear understanding of his knowledge treating patients each and everyone as an individual.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranDr. Cochran has 3 books out. This is the 2nd book. I couldn’t put it down. AWESOME AWESOME book…a MUST READ for anyone suffering any type of Chronic Pain. I had no idea there were others out there going through the same things as I have been for the past 5 years. This book offers something anyone is pain is asking for, HOPE!!!!

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranThis is a pretty pedestrian book about an interesting subject. The author claims to have cured both chronic pain and bipolar disorder with opiates. He offers no real reason for why he makes these claims, but does offer lots of case histories to back them up. I found myself wanting more than what was offered; some sort of explanation of his claims would have been nice. Even if it was speculation it would have been nice to have. I also found it a little bit condescending to have him use the phrase “that’s the bipolar way” several times, especially because he used it to dismiss some ‘non-compliant’ behaviors.

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranHave BPD 30& yr started hydrocodone 2000 no suicidal close calls since is that coincidence think not still suffer. 8 out of 10 times methadone shot me out of depression at least for awhile just by fluke girl gave me 20 pills took over 1& half years Strict painful youth given me self control and ability to push forward

Opiate-Cure-View-on-Amazon-Robert-CochranTHIS BOOK IS SO WONDERFUL. EVERY BOOK THAT DR. COCHRAN WRITES GETS BETTER AND BETTER. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT DOCTORS THAT I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED IN MY LIFE. PLEASE READ EVERY BOOK HE HAS WRITTEN. WONDERFUL!!!!

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Chronic Back Pain Sufferer’s Made to Feel Like Addicts

If your’e someone who suffers from chronic pain, we’d like your feedback. We are looking for comments from readers who have suffered the ridicule of being made to feel they had a drug problem, or made to feel like an addict while taking opiate medicines for chronic pain. In addition, we would like to know of any procedures you’ve received that both did, and also did not work to relive you of pain.

The following is a series of stories provided by our readers of the many different procedures they’ve received, and also the results of whether they did or did not work.

Again – We welcome your comments, feedback, and more stories about medical procedures you’ve experienced to hep with your chronic pain.

Addict / Patient #1
“In 2001, after remodeling a home in Nashville, Tennessee, I woke one morning in deep pain. My lower back was so sore, I could barely get out of bed. I waited before going to see my doctor, but after a few days, the pain did not subside.

I set the appointment and made my way to my family doctor. I explained the pain to my doctor and he told me I had probably strained my back and it would go way in time. Also, I should take 800mg tablets of Naproxen, if not mistaken.

A week later, the pain was getting worse. I set another appointment and returned to my doctor. This time, he prescribed three 5mg tablets of hydrocodone per day, until the pain was gone, or, one month.

After a month, the pain was actually worse. I again returned to my doctor, and this time he scheduled an MRI. I visited Cool Springs Imaging in Franklin, TN and had the MRI performed. The result? I had three ruptured discs between L1 and L4. For this, my doctor recommended seeing a specialist. I then went to a Vanderbilt pain management specialist, whom I will not name. His suggestion, a series of two epidural steroid injections. He also noted, he would not prescribe medications, because he did not believe in using them. For a period of three weeks, I was in great pain, and without any pain medication other than the Naproxen. The hydrocodone “will not be refilled” according to my family doctor. “Your pain issues have to be dealt with by the pain specialist”. (He might as well have said, “I’m washing my hands of you, and don’t come back!”)

Buy Doctor Cochran’s books today and SHARE THEM WITH YOUR DOCTORS! This is the ONLY way to educate the medical community of what it’s like to suffer from daily chronic pain!

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Addict / Patient #2
I went for the first epidural steroid injection and was given hydrocodone to deal with the pain of the injection, three 5mg tablets per day for seven days. The only relief I received from these treatments was from the medication received for dealing with the pain of the injections. No relief was taken from the injections, and I spent a fortune to do this procedure  Would not recommend them to anyone.

When I returned to my physician and explained that the relief came from the medication and not the injections, I was told I may have a drug problem, and to seek counseling  Are you serious?  5mg of hydrocodone, and I have a drug problem?

Addict / Patient #3
Recently, I visited my family physician and explained that the medication I received from a dental procedure has helped my back enormously. The medication was 10mg hydrocodone, and I was taking two pills [per day for my root canal. The funny thing was, the day following my root canal, I woke up and was able to walk. This was not common for me, as I typically had to walk around the house for 5 minutes, drink coffee and take aspirin before feeling good enough for a morning walk.

When I explained this to my physician, he cautioned me by saying, “Opiates are a slippery slope, and I;m not interested in helping you become an addict. If you found relief from these pills it’s because they are highly addictive, and I would recommend you stop taking them”.

WTF? What are people like us supposed to do when we’ve found relief, do NOT have a drug problem, and our doctors simply won’t listen to us? Are we bad people because we’ve found something that works, and yet can’t find a doctor who will listen? If I’ve read the information on this website clearly, Doctor Cochran seemed to understand this, and understand people like us who are tired of suffering, and need help. I’m buying his books and then finding a doctor who is open-minded and will work with me.

For all of you who have dealt with this same issue with pills and doctors, I applaud you for not stopping  This is ridiculous treatment we are receiving.

Addict / Patient #3
I encourage anyone reading this material who has dealt with a doctor accusing them of being an addict to use the share buttons on this site and start spreading the news (Sinatra!) about how people who suffer from chronic back pain need doctors who will at least TRY to understand their needs. I am so tired of being made to feel like I have a drug problem. I only wish my doctor could feel what it’s like to have pain every single day, and know how it effects your daily life. It’s awful. Doctors beware! We are coming, and we are bringing the ammunition found in Dr. Cochran’s books with us!!!!

Three Books That Changed Thousands of Lives Regarding Chronic Pain and Bipolar Disorder

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Over the past fourteen years, recently retired physician, Dr. Robert T. Cochran, Jr., published three books regarding the treatment and possible cure for chronic pain symptoms and bipolar disorder. The most controversial of the three books is undoubtedly the third which is titled, “The Opiate Cure: Pain and the Bipolar Spectrum”. In The Opiate Cure, Dr Cochran claims that by paying attention to often minute details gathered from his patients, he was able to “cure” both chronic pain and bipolar disorder. Needless to say, this cased controversy within the medical community due to the stigma attached to prescribing often strong opiates. Making the controversy most interesting is the fact that there are literally thousands of former patients of Dr. Cochran who undoubtedly feel they were “cured” of both bipolar disorder and chronic pain symptoms after having been prescribed opiates.

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The Question: Do these books indeed offer a valid treatment or possible cure for chronic pain symptoms and bipolar disorder?
Perhaps the question should be rephrased, “Do we trust the often negative opinions found within the medical community regarding these books, or do we trust the thousands of patients who claim they were cured?” In most every former patient’s testimonial we have found, one phrase resonates over and over again, “Dr. Cochran changed my life”.

“The only way to know for sure is to read these fascinating books and decide for yourself.” (Click on any book cover below to visit Amazon.com and buy the books today.)

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If you or someone you know suffers fro bipolar and/or chronic pain symptoms, we encourage you to read all three of Dr. Robert Cochran’s books. And, when seeking this form of treatment from your local physician, we’ve been told by many patients that sharing these books with their physician helped in receiving better treatment. All three books are available at Amazon.com in paperback format. Kindle additions are available for both The Opiate Cure and Curing Chronic Pain.

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Part Three – “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”

Bipolar Disease According to Wikipedia:

In bipolar disorder people experience abnormally elevated (manic or hypomanic) mood states which interfere with the functions of ordinary life. Many people with bipolar disorder also experience periods of depressed mood, but this is not universal. There is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is often difficult, even for mental health professionals. In particular, it can be difficult to distinguish depression caused by bipolar disorder from pure unipolar depression.

The younger the age of onset, the more likely the first few episodes are to be depressive. Because a bipolar diagnosis requires a manic or hypomanic episode, many patients are initially diagnosed and treated as having major depression.

Manic episodes
Mania is the defining feature of bipolar disorder. Mania is a distinct period of elevated or irritable mood, which can take the form of euphoria, and lasts for at least a week (less if hospitalization is required). People with mania commonly experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep, with many often getting as little as three or four hours of sleep per night. Some can go days without sleeping. A manic person may exhibit pressured speech, with thoughts experienced as racing. Attention span is low, and a person in a manic state may be easily distracted. Judgment may be impaired, and sufferers may go on spending sprees or engage in risky behavior that is not normal for them. They may indulge in substance abuse, particularly alcohol or other depressants, cocaine or other stimulants, or sleeping pills. Their behavior may become aggressive, intolerant, or intrusive. They may feel out of control or unstoppable, or as if they have been “chosen” and are “on a special mission”, or have other grandiose or delusional ideas. Sexual drive may increase. At more extreme levels, a person in a manic state can experience psychosis, or a break with reality, where thinking is affected along with mood. Some people in a manic state experience severe anxiety and are irritable (to the point of rage), while others are euphoric and grandiose. The severity of manic symptoms can be measured by rating scales such as the Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale and clinician-based Young Mania Rating Scale.

The onset of a manic episode is often foreshadowed by sleep disturbances. Mood changes, psychomotor and appetite changes, and an increase in anxiety can also occur up to three weeks before a manic episode develops.

Here’s the funny thing about bipolar (as stated above), “There is no simple physiological test to confirm the disorder.”

This is where Doctor Cochran played such a big role in my therapy. Only a doctor like Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr., who has enough experience/history working/treating patients who suffer from bipolar, can determine whether or not someone even has it. Think about that. Do you trust your family physician to determine this for you? Someone who deals with common colds and knee sprains is NOT going to have the experience or history of patients to even make the assessment of whether or not a patient has or does not have bi-polar disorder.

Here’s the interesting thing: When I asked Dr. Cochran “What are we treating? Is it bipolar causing pain, or pain possibly causing bipolar?, his response was ingenious – “Do you feel better with this treatment? Does it matter? Whether you do or do not have bipolar disorder is almost irrelevant. You have pain and your moods and pain are being stabilized as a result of our therapy.  If your’e receiving the benefits of the treatment and your suffering has subsided, it truly does not matter if you have it or not.”

Can you see from a patients perspective how good that made me feel? It deflated the angst and negative emotions that came with the thought of having bipolar. It was almost as if Dr. Cochran said, “Your’e cured, who cares whether you have it or not!” And, he was right. My mood swings and depression had almost completely gone away. My pain was so minimal, I forgot about it many days.

Pain – Let me tell you about pain. I’m 46 years young, fit, I’m 5’10″ tall and weigh 165 lbs. I am the picture of health. I was even recently asked to have photos taken of me for a men’s magazine where they wanted a “mature” male adult who looked in-shape for a medical ad. I almost laughed inside when I was asked to do this. Why? Because - There were days when I woke up (prior to being treated by Dr. Cochran) that I could hardly stand-up when getting out of bed. It felt like everything in my back had “locked-up” from sleeping in the wrong position (which I hadn’t) and was forcing me to “walk it off” and stretch for 10-15 minutes before leaving the bedroom. I still don’t know for sure, but I always felt coffee helped my back (?). After taking 1-2 hydrocodone pills, the pain would be barely manageable, but only for an hour. So, I’d be working in my office, in pain, unable to think, couldn’t focus, couldn’t write, couldn’t program, couldn’t function. I got so mad at times, I wanted to through my office chair through the window. I was tired of being in pain, and I was tired of being misunderstood by my doctor. Pissed OFF, in fact.

The FEAR of Addition (according to my ex-family physician)
Every time I met with my family physician  I left there feeling like I had a drug problem, when all I really wanted was relief. I felt so bad about myself on so many occasions, I actually considered treatment while taking only 3-4 hydrocodone pills per day. Prior to seeing Dr. Cochran, I was visiting my family physician every six months and receiving four 10mg hydrocodone tablets per day. Let me tell you, I could have taken ten of these per day and not found relief. As a result, I was running out early most every month, often taking five to six tablets a day. Then, of course, suffering from withdrawals and ridicule from my family physician each time I called for an early refill, or increased dosage. I would leave his office feeling so bad about myself. Like an addict. My doctor did not have a clue as to the pain I was dealing with. All he cared about was not giving me “too much pain medicine” for fear of ridicule from the state medical board. I “get it”. I understand the need to stay within boundaries, but this doctor was not helping me in any way. He was serving himself and “keeping it safe”. THIS is the norm for people deling with chronic pain – YOU ARE TOTALLY MISUNDERSTOOD, AND MADE TO FEEL HORRIBLE ABOUT YOUR PAIN. THIS HAS TO BE THE WORST POSSIBLE CRIME IN THE WORLD, FEELING BAD ABOUT WANTING RELIEF  AND BEING DEALT WITH AS IF YOU HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”

 

The Most Passionate Patients in the World

Yesterday, we received some comments from a former patient of Dr. Cochran’s, and all we can say is this: We’ve never seen patients react the way they do when Dr. Robert T. Cochran’s name is brought up.

A press release was published on or around February 15, 2013, that spoke of the reasons for Dr. Cochran’s retirement. However, by request of Dr. Cochran himself, a lot of information was withheld, and for good reason.

We received an email from a former patient who didn’t necessarily agree with some of the items noted in the press release. More than anything, this was a misunderstanding, and we wanted to bring clarity to a few items.

In truth, there are many reasons why Dr. Cochran retired. Some of which, are not to be made publicly available until a later date. Dr. Cochran has his own reasons for retiring, and because of that, he is to be respected. We believe most upsetting to everyone, is that there simply is no replacement for Dr. Cochran and his unique method of care. Dr. Cochran gave a level of compassion to his patients not found by many n the medical community. Patients were “people” to Dr. Cochran, not “subjects”, and certainly not the road to a paycheck. His patients not covered by insurance will tell you he probably didn’t charge enough for his services, and yet, he’s one of the only doctors who was willing to spend twenty minutes with a patient to find out what was causing their pain, and explain what steps could be taken to help manage it.

As we’ll hear more in part 3 of “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”, Dr. Cochran was able to find the most interesting of information in the “seemingly unimportant”…

Part Two – “Dr. Cochran Changed My Life”

Mr. B’s story, continued…

After realizing it was nearly impossible to work (as a programmer) remotely, I had to find a solution. I knew what that solution was, but did not have the mental focus in which to do it. I knew I wanted to be writing more, and I also knew I had the tools to write and make money. The problem: The lack of focus due to back pain was unbearable. Really unbearable.

While visiting a friend of a friend, I saw a book on her coffee table titled, “The Opiate Cure”. The cover and title intrigued me, so I asked, “What is this book about?”. She replied, “He’s my doctor. Robert Cochran, and he changed my life”.

I picked up the book off the table and read the first few pages. When I left her home, I stopped at a traffic light and pulled over. I logged into Amazon Kindle Books and bought The Opiate Cure, written by Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. and began reading it the moment I returned home.

By the end of the following day, I had been unable to put the book down. Is it the best book I’ve ever read? No, but it’s not meant to entertain. It’s meant to educate. And, if your’e a sufferer of chronic pain, this is some damn good reading. What the book IS, is a series of case-studies written by Dr. Cochran explaining somewhat a “before and after” scenario for each of the patients he treated.

Here’s the thing that kept me glued to his book – Similarities. In almost all of the examples and stories written about the patients in his book, I could relate (directly relate) to nearly all of them.

Here’s why:
If you suffer from chronic pain, and yet the diagnoses or origin of your pain is somewhat mysterious? (AKA: “Fibromyalgia”) Then, you know that pain of this nature moves in cycles. But, what are the cycles? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? In my case, it’s a bi-weekly or monthly cycle. At least twice per month I have a series of “bad days” in which my pain is 5x worse than normal. It’s bad enough on a “good day”, but the cyclic bad pain days are awful. But here’s the kicker – The emotional state that comes with this pain (or, vice versa, the pain that comes with the emotional state), is well, awful.

I hadn’t realized it until reading his book, but I quickly caught on – Bi-polar and chronic pain work hand-in-hand, almost feeding off of each other. I immediately noticed that my “bad pain days” were also clouded with depression and mood swings. Feelings of inadequacy, sadness. Again, depression. When those feelings are present AND your’e in pain, your mental focus is garbage. In my case, there was no way to transition into the career I really wanted, because only once every third Sunday did I have the mental clarity and focus in which I could creatively write. So, for the time being, my career as a writer was shut down.

Again, reading the book, almost in a frenzy due to the unbelievable similarities in the cases noted in his book, I was realizing that there was a very good chance I suffer from bi-polar disorder. I didn’t want to belive this to be true, but when you’ve read 50 case studies by a doctor who focued on this very thing for over 20 years, you can’t help but take note. I had to at least be willing to admit, there was a strong possibility that I suffer from bipolar disorder, and my pain in moving in cycles with this disorder. To make things worse, it seemed to be happening more frequently.

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