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.

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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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