Despite recent advances in the study of pain, there is still no medical treatment, alternative therapy, or herbal remedy that can eliminate all pain for all people all of the time. And many who suffer chronic pain know all too well the risks of over-reliance on pain medications.
Only you know the ins and outs of your pain; only you can change your feelings of helplessness and despair into empowerment and resilience in the face of persistent pain and its many effects on your life.
The authors of this bestselling book are highly-respected experts on pain management who have successfully treated thousands of patients. Their 10-lesson self-management program offers clinically-proven strategies for making simple, gradual adjustments to daily patterns so you can take cope with chronic pain and take charge of your life.
Readers of this book will learn how to:
• Identify and reject harmful myths about painBalance activity and restFix sleep problemsLeverage family and friends for supportManage emotional response to painRegain self-confidenceAvoid relapsing into unhealthy behaviors
• This edition offers important information on the risks of opioid use for chronic pain, and discusses new treatment options including acceptance and commitment therapy, mind-body interventions such as tai chi, and cannabinoids.
It also includes a Resource Guide that shows readers how to access support groups and find help paying for health insurance and medication; offers tips for communicating with healthcare teams and employers; and recommends mobile apps to assist with self-management strategies.
Table of Contents:
A Word Before You Get Started: How This Program Can Change Your Life
Lesson 1. Becoming Your Own Pain Management Expert
Lesson 2. Activity, Rest, and Pacing
Lesson 3. Learning to Relax
Lesson 4. Are You Always Tired? Ways to Combat Fatigue
Lesson 5. Don't Let Pain Ruin Your Relationships!
Lesson 6. Changing Behavior
Lesson 7. Changing Thoughts and Feelings
Lesson 8. Gaining Self-Confidence
Lesson 9. Putting it All Together
Lesson 10. Maintenance and Coping with Setbacks
Appendix A. Common Treatments for Pain
Appendix B. Additional Reading
Appendix C. Web and Mobile Resources for Pain
Appendix D. Research Supporting This Pain Management Program
About the Authors:
Dr. Dennis C. Turk has been involved in the assessment and treatment of people with chronic pain conditions for more than 30 years.
He currently holds the John and Emma Bonica Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology and Research and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also currently associate director of Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION), a U.S. Food and Drug Administration supported public-private partnership; and editor-in-chief of The Clinical Journal of Pain.
He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Frits Winter is director of the Medisch Centrum Winter, a treatment center for pain, stress, and burnout in Veldhoven, Netherlands.
From 1996–2002 Dr. Winter was president of the Dutch chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. He is a pioneer in developing therapy programs for chronic pain. In 2002 he received the Golden Spell of Honor award for his work as head of the Pain Division in the Roessingh Rehabilitation Center in Enschede, Netherlands.
Dr. Winter is the author of several self-help books on the topics of pain, anxiety, fatigue and memory.
He lives in Haaksbergen, Netherlands.