10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain: How to Stop Pain from Controlling Your Life

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New Harbinger Publications, May 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 192 pages
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Get Chronic Pain Under Control

Have you tried a number of approaches to manage chronic pain without much relief? The discouraging cycle of hope followed by frustration and continued pain can be as damaging to your quality of life as pain itself. To address this problem, the most current approaches to pain management advocate living well despite pain. They encourage pain sufferers to set aside their struggle with pain and learn the skills they need to stay engaged with life. Distilled from the very best of these techniques, 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain offers you ten simple, effective solutions for thriving with chronic pain.

First, you'll get a quick introduction to the physiology of pain. Then it's down to the business of improving your quality of life: You'll learn tips for getting better sleep, ways to build a strong support system, and techniques for overcoming fear, anxiety, and depression. You'll discover better ways to communicate with doctors about your problems and find out which treatment options are likely to do you the most good. With the advice in this book, you can move from a debilitating cycle of pain to a full and rewarding life.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Understanding Pain and Suffering
7
2 Making Behavior Changes That Last
25
3 Removing the Mystery of Pain
34
4 Tracking Your Progress
43
5 Changing Your Nonproductive Beliefs
52
6 Being Active Not Passive
74
7 Enhancing Your Emotional WellBeing
90
8 Improving Your Sleep
116
9 Considering Biomedical Treatments
130
10 Recognizing the Influence of Others
147
Afterword
165
Recommended Readings
167
References
169
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Blake H. Tearnan, PhD, is director of behavioral medicine for the Functional Restoration Program at Washoe Medical Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Reno, and Clinical Director for the Southern Nevada Functional Restoration Program in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from the University of Georgia's Clinical Psychology Program with a specialization in clinical and medical psychology. He has held positions at the University of Wisconsin, University of Nevada Medical School, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno, NV. He also was clinical coordinator at the Sierra Pain Institute and director of the Sonora Pain Center. Tearnan is a founding partner of the Reno Spine Center, president of HealthNetSolutions.com, and a consultant to various groups including Innovative Health Solutions and the American Academy of Pain Management, where he is on the board of advisors.

Tearnan has published widely in the areas of medical rehabilitation, health, pain, and anxiety disorders. He is the author of numerous psychometric instruments on general health, pain and disability including the Pain Disability Report, Behavioral Assessment of Pain, and the Life Assessment Questionnaire.

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