Chronic Pain For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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Proven exercises and techniques for dealing with pain

Your compassionate guide to conquering pain and living a full life

Do you suffer from chronic pain? This reassuring, practical guide helps you understand what causes pain and how to manage it with the newest pain-relieving techniques. You'll see how to track your pain triggers, weigh the benefits and risks of pain-reducing medications, improve your pain levels with diet and exercise, and determine whether surgery is right for you.

Discover how to:

  • Diagnose your pain
  • Build an anti-pain medical team
  • Prevent or minimize pain attacks
  • Explore alternative therapies
  • Make helpful lifestyle changes

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Foolish Assumptions
Managing Your Pain with Lifestyle
Where to Go from Here
Part I
Chapter 1
Chronic Pain Is a Solitary Experience
Checking Out Common Characteristics of Chronic Pain
Antidepressants and antiepileptics
Sodium channel blocking and oral antiarrhythmic agents
Other medications
Working with Your Doctor to Find the Right Medication Combo
Using Medicines Safely
Buying Drugs from the Internet
Facing Prescription Drug Abuse
Chapter 15

What Chronic Pain Feels Like
Educating Yourself on How Pain Works
Constant Pain Causes Its Own Damage
Helping yourself with lifestyle changes
Researching whats causing your pain
Chapter 2
Targeting the axons responsible for chronic pain
Sending pain messages to the brain
Responding to pain
Chronic phantom pain from nerve injury
Nerve entrapment
Chapter 3
Assessing Different Types of Chronic Pain
Looking at Behavioral Cycles
Managing FlareUps
Fighting Side Effects of Chronic Pain
Tackling depression and a negative selfimage
Reducing stress and getting some sleep
Maintaining balance
Keeping Relationships on Track
Acknowledging caregiver stress
Part II
Chapter 4
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sick and Tired of Fibromyalgia
Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis
Its All about Your Jaw
Sniffling Over Soft Tissue Diseases
When Your Immune System Attacks You
Sjogrens Syndrome
Giving Up Gout
Diagnosing Arthritis
Considering Surgery
Focusing on Healthy Joints
Chapter 5
Identifying Who Gets Chronic Back Pain
Facet joints
Describing Chronic Back Pain
Common health conditions
Diagnosing and Treating Your Chronic Back Pain
Judicious exercise and stretching
Complementary and alternative therapies
Chapter 6
Distinguishing Between Primary and Secondary Headaches
Avoiding Tension Headaches
Diagnosing tension headaches
Managing Migraine Headaches
Diagnosing migraine headaches
Treating migraine headaches
Preventing migraines
Suffering from Sinus Headaches
Understanding Cluster Headaches
Paying Attention to Neck Pain
Chapter 7
Getting the Lowdown on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS
Suffering a Spinal Cord Injury SCI
Dealing with Central PostStroke Pain
Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury
Preventing Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries
Stroke prevention
Chapter 8
Classifying Burns
Preventing Chronic Pain
Understanding the PTSDChronic Pain Connection
Getting Help
Chapter 9
Looking at Your Digestive and Urinary Systems
Alcohol liver disease
Celiac disease
Crohns disease
Peptic ulcers
Irritable bowel syndrome IBS
Lactose intolerance
Chapter 10
Problems in the Reproductive System
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Problems in the Reproductive System
Who Can Help
Chapter 11
Considering Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS
Peripheral Neuropathy
Tagging the types
Preventing peripheral neuropathies
Treating peripheral neuropathies
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Postherpetic Neuralgia
Chapter 12
The WHO? The World Health Organization
Educating Yourself about Opioids
Checking Out Helper Drugs
When Medicine Isnt Enough
Part III
Chapter 13
Assembling Your Team
Searching for the Right Doctor
Checking out a doctors qualifications
Evaluating whether a doctor fits your circumstances
Interviewing a doctor
Finding a specialist
Other pain professionals and paraprofessionals
Educating Yourself as Much as Possible
Identifying a hospital
Locating a pain center
Exploring resources from conditionspecific organizations
Telling Your Doctors What They Need to Know
Knowing what to tell your doctor
Chapter 14
Seeking Pain Relief with Prescription Drugs
Other prescription drugs used for pain management
Using Dietary and Herbal Supplements
Understanding how dietary supplements are regulated
Glucosamine and chondroitin
Herbal supplements
Naturopathic Medicine
Assessing Complementary and Alternative Treatments
Calming down with biofeedback
Boning up on osteopathy
Getting cracking with chiropractic care
Getting hip to hypnosis
Chapter 16
Making the Decision
Checking Out a Surgeons Resume
Knowing what to ask the surgeon
Getting a second opinion
Profiling Major Types of PainRelieving Surgery
Implantable drug delivery systems
Spinal fusion
Minimally invasive disc procedures
Recovering from Surgery
Part IV
Chapter 17
Tracking Your Pain
Taking your pain records to your doctor
Developing a Pain Management Plan
Taking Control
Using a contract to monitor progress
Sidestepping Pain Triggers
Maintaining the right body mechanics
Chapter 18
Paying Attention to Nourishing Your Body
Healthy Eating
Cutting Back on Calories to Avoid Obesity
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Avoiding Trigger Foods
Nodding Yes to Nibbling
Chapter 19
Turning Around Deconditioning through Physical Therapy
Exercising Right for Your Pain Condition
Exercising for endurance
Gaining flexibility
Getting balanced
Chair stands
Arm raise
Plantar flexion
Knee flexion
Hip flexion
Hip extension
Hamstring stretch
Thigh and calf stretch
Neck exercises
Chapter 20
Chronic Pain and Sleep Problems
Sleep apnea
Snoring and snoring partners
Restless Legs Syndrome
Getting Some Shuteye the Natural Way
Chapter 21
Understanding the PainStress Link
Challenging Negative Thoughts
Creating New Automatic Thoughts
Chapter 22
Acute stress
Chronic stress
Meditating through the hurting
Relaxing your breathing
Using selfhypnosis
Praying and using other spiritual techniques
Journaling for wellness and pain management
Humming through your stress and pain
Part V
Chapter 23
Measuring Pain in Children
Reading physiologic measures of pain
Assessing Pain Medications for Children
Other painreducing options
Chapter 24
Managing Pain with Medications
Identifying potential problems
Affecting older bodies differently
Guidelines for taking pain medicines
Chapter 25
Managing Total Pain with the Palliative Approach
Facing the Hard Physical Truth about Dying
Managing the pain of a terminal illness
Looking at Hospice Care
Locating a reputable hospice service
Understanding Your Rights
Part VI
Chapter 26
Avoid Products Promising to Halt Aging
Stay Away from Products Promising to Cure Arthritis Overnight
Suspect Common Sales Tactics
Check Out Health Claims Before Sampling
Avoid Impulse Buying
Watch Out for Celebrity Promotions
Chapter 27
Figure Out What to Do about Specific Problems
Pay Attention to Your Emotions
Let Go of Stereotypes about Sex
Make Dates If You Sleep Separately
Educate Yourself about Sex
Chapter 28
Finding Support Groups
Finding Doctors Who Specialize in Pain Management
Resources Outside the United States
Chapter 29
Dont Be a Couch Potato
Dont Let Stress Pile on to Your Pain
Dont Ignore New Pain Problems
Dont Complain Too Much
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About the author (2011)

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, FACP: Dr. Kassan is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is an internationally known expert in arthritis and painful conditions, such as lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. Dr. Kassan is a registered acupuncturist. In his current Denverbased rheumatology practice, he is active in both research and treatment of patients with conditions that are associated with significant pain.
Dr. Kassan has received numerous awards and honors for his work, most recently from the Denver Business Journal for excellence in patient care. He is on the national board of the Arthritis Foundation and is president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Charles J. Vierck, Jr., PhD: Dr. Vierck has spent 40-plus years conducting leading edge research to better understand how our bodies feel pain. He is currently working with colleagues to develop new tools for diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia, a painful and debilitating disease that affects primarily women.
Now Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida School of Medicine, Dr. Vierck is the former director of the Center for Neurobiological Sciences in the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Javitz Neuroscience Investigator Award, a national prize for scientists. His articles appear regularly in Pain and The Journal of Pain. Dr. Vierck is coauthor of Medical Neuroscience (Saunders).

Elizabeth Vierck, MS: Dr. Vierck’s sister is a well-known information specialist and writer on health and aging. She writes extensively and frequently about arthritis (all forms), inflammation, aging, and other diseases that involve chronic pain.
Ms. Vierck is a Denver-based consultant and writes for many national aging and health organizations. Ms. Vierck is a widely published author with 17 books and numerous other publications to her credit, including the Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Anti-Inflammation Diet (with Dr. Christopher Cannon, Penguin), Health Smart (Simon & Schuster), Aging (two volumes, Greenwood), and Keys to Understanding Arthritis (Barrons). Ms. Vierck worked for the U.S. Senate for more than a decade, including the Special Committee on Aging and Labor and Human Resources Committee.

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