Dr. Marc LeVeque, neurosurgeon and pain specialist in Marseille, is the author of several books on the issue of psychosurgery and pain surgery. And he has just written a book (1) dedicated to the 14 million French people who grind their teeth daily through suffering. “I call it the scandal of pain and all the medicine, it begins. One in five French people today suffers from a chronic condition, finding no relief anywhere other than overconsumption of opioids and other painkillers. There are other ways out.”
Everyone is equal in the face of pain?
We call some “hard on pain” or “hard to cook,” but in the end, are we all equal in experiencing pain? Is the famous scale from 0 to 10 the same for everyone? “Ah, what a great question,” the doctor smiled. Pain varies in each of us based on our genes. There are even people with insensitivity to pain and congenital analgesia. I knew a patient as a kid who stepped on a nail, pushed it deep into his foot, and didn’t even wince. Furthermore, you will find my notes sexist, but the sensation of pain varies with gender. Women are more sensitive to pain, and sensitivity varies depending on the hormonal cycle. »
A woman who gives birth in pain since the dawn of history will be more vulnerable to pain? Dr. Mark LeVeque risks making some enemies among the feminists. “Suffering does not prevent pain,” he explains, “pain begets pain.” In addition, the threshold for women, who are sensitized to pain very early with menstruation, childbirth, etc., is very likely to be lower because of this. Other external elements intervene in the fact of better support or not, the fact of feeling pain: the social aspect is important, the disadvantaged people suffer more, the people who are unhappy at work too, those who are also alone. »
Dr. Levick explains in his book that if one responds to the 4S, physical inactivity, loneliness, weight gain, and aging (aging), chronic pain begins and is amplified and the eventual response becomes medication. Physicians have generally been accustomed to systematically prescribing analgesics in response, both because the medical demographic is at its lowest and because they are short on time. Painkillers, psychotropic substances and antibiotics are the most prescribed drugs: the drug market is 62 billion euros annually, according to LEEM. (Pharmaceutical Guild, editor’s note)”
To get rid of all the medication, Dr. Mark LeVeque prescribes new techniques to control and combat pain. But above all, it calls for sports medicine, good nutrition, and all the practices of hypnosis, meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, acupuncture, astrology and relaxation. In Marseille, he practices neuromodulation techniques, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which are devices adapted to the hospital environment. Medicines are available everywhere, but these non-pharmacological approaches are only available in pain centers, and even then not all of them are available. There are only 300 in France, all of which are saturated. »
Dr. Levick’s book is a plea to “rescue” people suffering in silence. “Only twenty hours are devoted to the subject of pain during medical studies, it is not a recognized discipline in itself, when we all have around us people who suffer and whose lives are seriously slowed down, changed, and dominated by this suffering.”
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