Where Does It Hurt? written and self-published by Tim Atkinson is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.
Tim’s first-hand account of what it’s like to live with chronic pain has been called “A very special book that occupies a category all of its own”; “A chronic pain-thriller-page-turner” and “A thoroughly fabulous book that I could not put down!” Someone also cheekily suggested that ‘Where Does it Hurt?’ was “Like Geoff Dyer, but with something important and interesting to say”! What it does say is how strange pain can be, how little understood it is and how the opioids taken to kill it might actually be making it worse. But that’s not all. The more you understand how the brain processes pain the more you realise that other things you take for granted aren’t as straightforward as they seem… and that pain can even be a pleasure for some people.
Here’s a link to the book on Amazon:
I am delighted to share a guest post from the author, Tim Atkinson, to tell us a little about his book:
‘Where Does It Hurt?’ is a book about pain: my own long-term pain, the pain that comes with swollen, damaged and deformed joints. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis and although I’m something of a medical ostrich, I’ve been inspired to write this book by what I’ve discovered, by the people I’ve met and by some exciting new ideas about pain.
Pain protects us from harm; that’s what it’s for — to tell you to take your hand out of the fire. But chronic pain – the so-called ‘silent epidemic’ that affects over two fifths of the UK population – is almost always counter-productive. Pain like this is something our bodies learn to feel, and the feelings can continue long after the initial cause has passed. Phantom limb pain is the obvious example. Some patients feel all sorts of sensations – including pain – from limbs they no longer have, and that’s just one of many strange facts about pain I’ve discovered – facts that have helped me come to terms with my own pain and begin to develop strategies to help me cope. Because knowledge is power and there’s nothing worse than feeling helpless in the face of pain. Understanding your pain and what it means can help you deal with it. Our brains ‘learn’ to feel pain and can just as easily unlearn it, too. It’s a habit we can break; it isn’t easy, but it can be done. And it’s done by doing something, anything (almost) as long as it’s something we believe can help. In fact it’s possible to train your mind to do what pain- killing drugs do all the time, making the unbearable, bearable or even invisible. In talking to a number of experts across a range of disciplines and trying alternative remedies from yoga to acupuncture, I come to the conclusion that the key to managing chronic pain isn’t necessary what you do as much as doing something; it’s about taking back control. I’m sharing my own journey of discovery in the hope that it’ll help others understand pain better and perhaps approach it in a new way. After all, as Morgan Harper Nichols says: “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed, your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”
About the Author
Tim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives with his wife and family in Lincolnshire. Having studied philosophy at the University of Hull he worked at a variety of jobs including filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He has taught philosophy at a boys’ grammar school and psychology at a girls’ high school and is now a full-time writer. For the past five years he has been researching and writing a book about the aftermath of World War One called The Glorious Dead. A special hardback subscription edition of this book was published by Unbound in November 2018 after which the trade edition was released to the general public