Emile Hiesiger Your Pain Is Real

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Your Pain Is Real

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9780060988289: Your Pain Is Real

Your pain is real -- and you can do something about it!

Chronic pain sufferers are often met by misdiagnosis, insufficient medical treatment, and just plain disbelief. Pain-management expert Dr. Emile Hiesiger says physical pain is both real and treatable. A noted neurologist at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Hiesiger treats pain sufferers from all over the world and has become their champion in their fight to live without debilitating pain. Your Pain Is Real is the most complete, authoritative, and hopeful book on the subject of chronic pain relief ever published.

For the more than 35 million people who suffer from chronic pain, Your Pain Is Real offers revolutionary ways to relieve all types and degrees of painful conditions. Whether you suffer from headaches, neck aches, upper or lower-back aches, nerve pain, arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, tendinitis, sports injuries, abdominal pain, gynecological problems, or even cancer, this invaluable resource offers breakthrough medical treatments, clear guidelines for seeking expert care, and the latest scientific findings on pain management.

So how do you find the appropriate care for chronic pain? Dr. Hiesiger offers numerous practical tips and suggestions, such as:

  • Make sure your doctor believes that pain is personal and subjective and understands the full range of pain syndromes and their causes and treatments.

  • Be certain that you obtain an accurate diagnosis, complete with high-quality images and studies if necessary.
  • Know what you can do to prevent and alleviate pain; for instance, keep your weight down, exercise, eat right, and pay attention to your posture.
  • Don't fear medication and, with the help of your physician, find the drug that works for you, from Tylenol to narcotics to antidepressant and antiseizure medications.

Pain can be minimized even when the causes of it cannot be eliminated. Your Pain Is Real is the essential medical, social, and financial resource on how to get not only proper treatment but excellent care.

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Almost half of the 35 million Americans who live with chronic pain have not found a way to control their pain effectively. "Pain can be minimized, even when the cause of the pain cannot be removed," writes pain-management specialist (physiatrist) Emile Hiesiger, M.D. He describes an array of medicines and treatments that are available to treat pain effectively and efficiently. "There is no magic bullet," says Hiesiger, "but there is an arsenal of weapons, small and large, that can fight a successful war against chronic pain."

Hiesiger, who has been featured on several "best doctors" lists, is the kind of doctor we all search for: passionate and compassionate. He encourages you to complain, describe your pain, get your pain diagnosed, overcome any fear/dislike of medications, explore your options, and go beyond your HMO coverage when necessary. Some alternative treatments can help in conjunction with medication, he says, but expresses impatience with alternative treatments that do not control your pain in the long term. He describes an array of medications, how they work, their side effects, when they're the appropriate choice, and what to expect from them. Then he covers a variety of chronic-pain sites and conditions: headaches; muscles, bones, and joints; back; neuropathic (nerve damage); sports injuries; gynecologic; and cancer. For each, he explain causes of pain (with diagrams), diagnosis, and treatment options. Case studies bring the information home. If chronic pain causes physical and emotional agony for you or a loved one, this book is a must-read. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Emile Hiesiger, M.D., one of America's top neurologists and pain-management experts, is clinical associate professor of neurology and radiology at New York University School of Medicine. He has often been listed in New York magazine's "The Best Doctors in New York" and was cited by American Health in 1996 as one of the "best doctors in America." Dr. Hiesiger is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He lives in New York.

Kathleen Brady has written four previous books and was a reporter for Time.

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