Managing Pain Before It Manages You, Revised Edition

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9781572307186: Managing Pain Before It Manages You, Revised Edition

Now in a revised and expanded edition, this popular workbook teaches coping skills proven to decrease the discomfort, depression, and anxiety associated with chronic pain. The information and techniques presented have been used by tens of thousands of people over nearly two decades, and have been demonstrated to empower pain sufferers and decrease pain-related disability and distress. The approach is also valuable for people coping with other chronic illness-related problems, such as fatigue. Through hands-on exercises and homework assignments, readers are helped to understand the pain process, learn about medications and their effects, and recognize factors that exacerbate or relieve symptoms. The revised edition features updated coverage of commonly used pain medications and specific pain disorders, current nutritional recommendations, and a new appendix on complementary alternative medicine. Also included are a wealth of helpful new ideas on coping with pain flare-ups, staying active, accomplishing personal goals, and more.

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Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, is a board-certified internist and a Diplomate of Pain Medicine. She is Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School and has served as Co-Director of the Arnold Pain Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and as Co-Director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Manchester, New Hampshire. Dr. Caudill has long been interested in empowering people with chronic illness through medical treatments that bring mind and body together. She has researched and written extensively on mind/body medicine and lectured internationally on the importance of the biopsychosocial treatment model of pain.

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Before You Begin: How This Book Can Help You
1. Beginning to Take Control of Your Pain
2. Understanding Pain
3. The Mind-Body Connection
4. The Body-Mind Connection
5. The Power of the Mind
6. Adopting Healthy Attitudes
7. Nutrition and Pain
8. Effective Communication
9. Effective Problem Solving
10. The End of the Beginning
Appendix A. Common Chronic Pain Conditions
Appendix B. Complementary Alternative Medicine
Appendix C. Working Comfortably
Appendix D. Bibliography
Index
Worksheets and Other Materials

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