The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life (LifeTools: Books for the General Public)

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If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Psychologists Turk and Winters' recommendations are based on solid research that shows what works and on their success with thousands of patients. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn not to let your body push you around so life becomes enjoyable again. and the deceptive ways it fools your body into unconstructive behavior; Pacing your activity, so you build strength without overdoing or underdoing it; Learning how to induce deep relaxation so you can begin to enjoy life again; Dealing with disturbed sleep and chronic fatigue; Improving your relations with family and friends, and soliciting support; Changing your habitual behaviors in ways that reduce pain; Combating the negative thinking that often accompanies pain; Regaining your self-confidence and trust in yourself; The power of goal-setting and humor; Dealing with the inevitable relapses and setbacks once improvement has set in. Workbook exercises, behavior logs, and suggested readings help you integrate these lessons into your daily life and learn to live well despite pain.

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"Turk’s and Winter’s vast clinical experience and command of the subject shine through on every page. Highly recommended." —Robert T. Cochran Jr., MD, Author of Understanding Chronic Pain: A Doctor Talks to His Patients

"The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life is the best book I’ve read on the emotional fallout from chronic pain. In this warm, inspiring, and highly readable work, Turk and Winter have written the ultimate guide for taking your life back from the ravages of pain. I can’t imagine trying to live in pain without the wisdom contained in this book." —James N. Dillard, MD, Author of The Chronic Pain Solution and the PBS special Chronic Pain Relief, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"A must-read book! The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life will empower all people who must live with chronic pain by providing a commonsense approach to managing their pain and their life. The book is filled with easy-to-follow tools that motivate a person with pain to achieve a fuller life. should be read and reread by people with chronic pain as well as those who care about them." —Penney Cowan, Founder, Executive Director, American Chronic Pain Association, Rocklin, CA

"The experience of chronic pain can adversely affect an individual’s level of confidence and ability to feel in control of his or her life, yet this book provides readers with a definitive course of action, which will enable them to adapt to the situation and reclaim a life worth living." —Lynne Matallana, President, Editor-In-Chief, National Fibromyalgia Association

"Drs. Turk and Winter have combined their years of expertise to help any person change from feelings of helplessness to a sense of control over their pain. The information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner that employs time-tested interventions for pain management. The useful charts monitor progress, and relevant examples illustrate each point. The title says it all!" —Robert N. Jamison, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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Dr. Dennis C. Turk has been involved in the assessment and treatment of people with various chronic pain conditions for over 25 years. He is the John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research and director of the Fibromyalgia Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Turk has published more than 380 articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books. In addition, he has written or edited 12 volumes on different aspects of pain and chronic illness including Health, Illness and Families; Handbook of Pain Assessment; and Bonica’s Management of Pain. He is an advisor to the National Fibromyalgia Association and the American Chronic Pain Association, both groups of people with chronic pain and their families. Dr. Turk is currently the president of the American Pain Society and editor-in-chief of The Clinical Journal of Pain.

Dr. Frits Winter is head of his own pain clinic near Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Dr Winter was president of the Dutch chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (1994–2002). He has been involved in pain management throughout his long academic career and is the author of several self-help books, including his best-selling book De Pijn de Baas (How to Beat Pain, 7th Edition). This book has become a standard resource in Dutch pain management programs. Dr. Winter is a teacher of postgraduate courses at the University of Groningen in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and has taught postgraduate courses at the University of Djakarta and Soerabaja in Indonesia.

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