Hi Howard and thank you for taking the time to write to me.
I was wondering about your first sentence - do you think it's always a case of your brain trying to protect you or sometimes just a message gone haywire?
What I mean is this : you have pain from a UTI/kidney stone (like me) and you panic. Fear sets in. Once the infection has healed and the stone has been found and taken out, your brain doesn't turn off the pain signal, not necessarily because of fear (although that will contribute to perpetuating it in the end) but because your brain has learned the pain? Neuroplastics gone wild.
While I'm writing this, I'm thinking that this is probably what your book is about, but I haven't received it yet. So, feel free to say, "The answer to your question is in the book!"