Chronic Pain Book is Published—By Someone Who Should Know

Chronic Pain Book is Published—By Someone Who Should Know

By Ed Coghlan.

One of the benefits of being involved with the National Pain Report has been getting to know our readers. Many of them are people who have chronic pain—and their stories are like snowflakes—each one is unique and yet similar.

One reader who just stand out is Kerry Smith. He is a big man—physically—who is an artist. He’s deeply spiritual and a wise ass. He and I have had some great conversations—some serious and some not. He’s honest, in a raw, country way and sees the big picture of chronic pain, even as it torments him. He hurts, but he doesn’t whine. He is, quite simply, a character in the positive sense of the word. 

Kerry Smith

Well, Kerry has written a book.

I’m glad he did—and wanted to make sure you knew about it.

“It wasn’t intentional. It just kind of came out like what happens when you have a stomach virus” he said. “I started putting down my thoughts and feelings and struggles about six years after a friend encouraged me.”

For Kerry, it was therapeutic.

“It was not written for children. It is real and raw,” he warns.

Kerry has finally been diagnosed with CRPS after years of trying to figure out what was wrong with him. He has two main points to make in the book.

“My hope is that people who suffer with pain will buy it and see this first of all as a chance to be part of the community of sufferers,” he said.

“Second of all, I hope that caregivers will use it to see this struggle and KNOW, not just think, but KNOW this is a real battle that we face and my feelings and struggles are the exact ones that their friends or loved ones are facing.”

We hope you buy the book. We’re going to.

You can purchase it here.

Editor’s Note: Kerry Smith is a former minister, a professional artist, and has suffered with chronic pain for 14 years. He has lectured and written on the topic of chronic pain for several years. Here’s a link to his art studio website.

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Kerry, good for you! I just ordered it. I tell people all the time that ‘I really ought to write a book about my journey’. Keep strong warrior and May God bless your sales 🙂 Maureen


Well, seems, Mr. Smith, and congratulations, has found a way to make “ends meet”. For millions of others, their, we, don’t know exactly how were going to survive. That’s “raw” to us. Eyeryone else, the pain patients, that have our, own, life experiences with continuous pain has been become a personal struggle because DOT/GOV without substantiation. Time to to so serious substantiating with DOT/GOV, ourselves. Where there is a will there is damn well a way. 55,00 deaths in 2015 with opioid DRUGS in America, that is approximately 1/100 of ONE percent of the 30 MILLION that need opiate medication for the lack pf ANY other effective treatment. to avoid bankruptcy, unpardonable persecution to those that have committed NO wrong with use of a “controlled” substance. President Trumps’ “crackdown” on the entitled, is affecting the pain patient just trying to survive and we, the pain patient prescribed, are being chastised, punished, because of “an asinine mis-guided policy. A policy only CAUSING crisis among the millions that have not, and most likely will not misuse their prescribed medication. Those, with the mindset to be self reliant, self sufficient, to remain a sovereign individual until DOT/GOV decides “they” know what our health treatment I s”best” with medication, “one and all” without ANY regard to undue, ridiculous hardship placed, no, mandated, forced, is causing. It seems to be alright IF the patient finds a way out of pain, on their own even through suicide, and I speak very knowledgeably with a case right here in my small city,… I’m “sorry” Mr. Friedan became addicted to opiate medication because he, the former director of the CDC did not have the common sense to stop taking prescribed medication for a short term painful health condition. Sounds like a “you” problem to me, not a 30 million “us” problem. Glad Mr. Smith has found a way to remain spiritually filled. The rest of us have to “find our way” to meet our needs, including, spiritually. More power to Mr. Smith. Personally, inspiration from other pain patients is great, however, it does not help me to sleep, pay my bills, feed myself, and pay my utility bills.Keep the “courage, form tyranny form those without true knowledge of a condition or maybe they just don’t “G” “A” “D”. Truth from the patient IS being told, everyday, and DOT/GOV knows it,but it falls on deaf ears.This is “truth”.