Synopses & Reviews
Updated and expanded with the latest clinically proven strategies, the third edition of this bestselling workbook enables chronic pain sufferers to take charge of their symptoms and get their lives back. This award-winning book by pain specialist Dr. Margaret A. Caudill has already helped more than 150,000 readers. Drawing on the recent explosion in knowledge about pain, the revised edition delivers powerful ways to decrease pain-related distress. Useful worksheets and guided self-explorations help readers understand their pain process, recognize factors that exacerbate or relieve symptoms, and learn how to manage thoughts and emotions related to pain. The book now includes free MP3 audio downloads of relaxation exercises proven to relieve stress, providing a convenient way to ease pain-related anxiety. With step-by-step guidance on ways to use meditation, nutrition, and appropriate daily activity to reduce their pain levels, readers will spend less time in their doctor’s office and have more time to enjoy the good things in life.
Updated and expanded with the latest clinically proven strategies, the third edition of this bestselling workbook enables chronic pain sufferers to take charge of their symptoms and get their lives back.
Imagine finding a way to spend less time in doctors offices, and to decrease the discomfort, depression, and anxiety associated with chronic pain. Managing Pain Before It Manages You offers just that--a program to help you reduce your pain and learn coping skills to get your life back. Developed over the authors many years of working with chronic pain sufferers, this program has been proven effective. Program participants report that they have been able to take control of their pain and cut their doctor visits by more than one third! Straightforward and compassionate, this hands-on guide provides detailed information plus step-by-step techniques, activities, and worksheets (perforated for easy removal and photocopying). Dr. Margaret Caudill helps you:
*Understand the causes of chronic pain
*Recognize what increases and decreases your pain symptoms
*Reduce your pain and emotional distress
*Learn effective problem solving
*Make informed decisions about medications and nutritional therapies
*Incorporate relaxation, meditation, and gentle exercise into your daily routine
*Communicate effectively about your pain
*Set realistic goals
New to the Third Edition
Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition includes the latest information on medications and other clinically proven treatment strategies, expanded coverage of specific pain disorders, and a new appendix featuring Internet resources. Plus, readers can download free MP3 audio files of three of the guided relaxation exercises in the book (one hour total).
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
Hundreds of thousands of readers have found help and hope for getting their lives back from chronic pain in this empowering workbook. Top pain specialist and physician Margaret A. Caudill spells out 10 steps that can radically change the way pain sufferers feel--both physically and emotionally. From finding the best treatments to coping with flareups, solving everyday problems, and harnessing the power of relaxation techniques, the book is packed with tested solutions that users can tailor to their own needs. The fully updated fourth edition incorporates important advances in pain management and mind-body medicine. It features new content on mindfulness, a "Quick Skill" section in each chapter with simple exercises that can have an immediate impact, updated supplementary reading and resources (including smart phone apps), and more. Practical tools include MP3 audio downloads and easy-to-use worksheets that purchasers can now download and print.
About the Author
Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, MPH, is a board-certified internist and a Diplomate of Pain Medicine. For more than 30 years, Dr. Caudill has worked to improve the lives of people with chronic illness through medical treatments that address both mind and body. She has researched and written extensively on mind-body medicine and lectures internationally on the biopsychosocial treatment of pain. She is Instructor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's Pain Management Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Clinical Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and The Dartmouth Institute.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Herbert Benson
Before You Begin: How This Book Can Help You
1. Beginning to Take Control of Your Pain
2. Understanding Pain
3. The MindBody Connection
4. The BodyMind 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. Choosing Pain Medicine for Osteoarthritis
Appendix E. Worksheets and Other Materials
MP3 Audio Downloads:
1. Ocean Sounds: Coupling Breathing with Imagination (20 minutes)
2. Creating a Safe Place (22 minutes)
3. Pain Control Visualization (21 minutes)