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Chronic Pain for Dummies (For Dummies)by Stuart Kassan
Synopses & Reviews
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.
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Although pain is personal, the search for solutions by frustrated sufferers is universal. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) estimates that almost 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Written by a medical expert on the leading edge of chronic-pain management, this information-packed book helps those dealing with this elusive but debilitating problem. Topics include a discussion of both traditional and alternative pain therapies, the causes of pain, techniques for dealing with pain, side effects of pain-reducing medications, and more. The book also addresses problems of pediatric pain and gender-based pain relief.
About the Author
Stuart S. Kassan, MD, FACP is an internationally known pain expert. Charles J. Vierck, Jr., PhD, is a leading researcher on pain. Elizabeth Vierck, MS, is a well-known writer on health and aging.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting the Lowdown on Chronic Pain.
Chapter 1: Hurting That Doesn’t Go Away.
Chapter 2: Discovering How Pain Works.
Chapter 3: When Pain Becomes Chronic.
Part II: Detailing Some Causes of Chronic Pain.
Chapter 4: Arthritis and Its Cohorts.
Chapter 5: My Aching Back.
Chapter 6: Head Cases: Migraines and Other Types of Craniofacial Pain.
Chapter 7: The Odd Couple: Injuries and Strokes.
Chapter 8: Burn Pain.
Chapter 9: Digestive and Urinary Conditions.
Chapter 10: Reproductive Conditions.
Chapter 11: Following the Nerve Pathways: Neuralgias and Neuropathies.
Chapter 12: Cancer Pain.
Part III: Managing Your Pain Medically.
Chapter 13: Putting Together an Anti-Pain Team.
Chapter 14: Prescribing Medicines for Chronic Pain.
Chapter 15: Taking an Alternative Approach to Pain Management.
Chapter 16: Considering Surgery: The Last Resort?
Part IV: Managing Your Pain with Lifestyle.
Chapter 17: Tracking and Avoiding Pain Triggers.
Chapter 18: Nutrition and Weight Control.
Chapter 19: Getting Physical: Flexibility, Strength, Endurance, and Balance.
Chapter 20: Tackling Fatigue.
Chapter 21: Treating Pain and Stress Using the Power of Thought.
Chapter 22: Relaxing, Praying, and Creating.
Part V: Understanding Pain Throughout the Life Cycle.
Chapter 23: Pain in Children.
Chapter 24: Pain and Aging.
Chapter 25: Pain at the End of Life.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 26: Ten Ways to Detect Bogus “Cures”.
Chapter 27: Ten Things to Remember about Pain and Sexuality.
Chapter 28: Ten or So Web Sources for People with Chronic Pain.
Chapter 29: Ten Things to Avoid When You Have Chronic Pain.
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