"After arriving in the UK from Russia in 2009, Dinara Farina looked forward to continuing her successful IT career and starting a family. She never expected to be a global advocate for arachnoiditis, a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, a delicate membrane that protects the spinal cord.
Dinara first felt the pain of arachnoiditis following an epidural administered during the birth of her first child. Diagnosis was slow, and Dinara’s doctors missed their opportunity to treat the condition at the source.
In her new book, ‘Stabbed in the Back: Arachnoiditis: The childbirth I didn't expect’, Dinara puts a positive spin on the condition to share her life story with others, as well as offer actionable, practical advice to new mothers facing the same risks.
"I decided to turn my personal tragedy into something positive and channel my frustration into something meaningful. I decided to write this book to bring awareness about a hugely under recognised condition called arachnoiditis; a largely unknown side effect of childbirth epidurals that is more common than generally recognised. The idea came to me one year ago and it took me nearly a year to put ideas into words with the help of some great co-writers.
"I honestly believe that my story can help many women out there make more informed decisions before they go in the labour ward. I am also highlighting the need to do a better job educating and preparing young moms on what to expect if they happen to require a medically assisted birth. The whole ecosystem needs to do a better job at educating and informing new mums with postpartum pain to rule out arachnoiditis.
"Dr Tennant, MD, PhD, a doctor who devoted over 40 years studying this disease, has given an endorsement to my book saying 'Dinara’s book will turn the tide.'
"I do hope it will happen. I have a dream and pray that more research will be conducted and initiated in the UK for adhesive arachnoiditis!"
Stabbed in the Back: Arachnoiditis: The childbirth I didn't expect is available now: https://amzn.to/3dLWvrO
About the Author:
Dinara Farina, born in Samara, USSR in 1977, grew up in Russia and got her masters degree in English and foreign literature at Samara State University. She speaks four languages and has had a successful career in IT for over two decades, working and living in the UK since 2009.
A new author, Dinara is active in the global arachnoiditis community and hopes to bring awareness into the causes and drive more research into treatment of this debilitating condition.
Rare Revolution Editor