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Explain Pain Spiral-bound – Jun 2003

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  • Spiral-bound: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Noigroup Publications (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097509100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975091005
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Spiral-bound
This is a must have book for chronic pain sufferers as well as their family, friends and caregivers. As the husband of a chronic pain sufferer I am always dealing with queries about "How much pain is she having?" or "She must be feeling better, I've seen her walking outside the store last week". Upon reading the first chapter I thought, "Oh boy, they are going to dumb this down too much"and then surprisingly found that chapter after chapter the authors were building a well crafted story about pain and how each individual suffers a unique experience. This book has given my wife the ability to, for lack of a better word, "rationalize" her pain and deal with it on a less emotional level.
Chronic pain is a strain not only on the sufferer but also on family, friends and the medical system. While this book does not make pain disappear, it does make it understandable, and also gives people something they thought they had lost, hope.
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HASH(0xa1ef2708) out of 5 stars A patients view July 12 2009
By MJ - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I've been dealing with Chronic Pain for nearly a year and have been in physical therapy just as long. I've read every article I could find on the internet associated with Chronic Pain including those related to both the physical and emotional states you go through.

This book, Explain Pain, was far and away the most helpful in crystallizing my experience and filling in the gaps that Doctors don't take the time to explain to you. Once you understand how pain works - the pain is less powerful.

Every Physical Therapist (PT) should incorporate this book into their chronic pain patient's regiment. Your PT should also take the time to discuss it with you. Just as important - you need to communicate with your PT as to what is going on with you physically and what is running through your mind. You have to be a team.

Another book I found very helpful is Anxiety, Depression and Anger: In Pain. These two books compliment each other well. Together they helped me to better understand chronic pain; how it impacts me; and they empowered me to deal with chronic pain head on and ultimately independently.

Anxiety, Depression, and Anger in Pain: Research Findings and Clinical Options
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a286d8) out of 5 stars This book is LIFE-CHANGING! Oct. 5 2011
By Robert Harvey - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I had chronic lower back pain for over 7 years. This pain was RUINING MY LIFE - specifically my ability to do the things I love - more on that in a minute...

The short summary is - this book will teach you the current state-of-the-art medical science on "Human Pain" - how the human pain system works, how you can better understand and manage it, and how to move beyond your pain's ability to negatively affect or even dominate your life. This book, I believe, is mainly used as a "text book" by the authors, and their organization, to teach medical professionals all over the world about the latest medical knowledge of the science and application of human pain.

About me - I am 49 years old - and have played and competed in all of the traditional American sports my whole life - and I have also raced motorcycles, scuba dived, I snowboard and ski, snow shoe, run, weight train, ride and race mountain bikes... ALL of this had slowly come to a halt. My "active lifestyle" was finally catching up with me - or so it seemed. I could barely walk...I was in pain almost constantly - sitting, standing, walking... I was very very afraid that my life as I had known it was "over".

This book was recommended to me by a Physical Therapist at The Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, in Boulder Colorado - in response to my question "How can I get better educated about 'Pain' - how it works, and how I can better understand and deal with it?"

My PT recommended this book, "Explain Pain". I immediately went home and ordered it from Amazon. And then I took it with me on a 10-day vacation to Hawaii...

And here is what I did while I was there:

1. I "Speed Read" the whole thing - in probably 2-hours. I noticed the book was unusual - and intriguing - and it contained a LOT of information I had never seen or heard before.
2. Next - I read each chapter slowly and carefully - 1 chapter/day - and I highlighted, wrote notes and thoughts in the margins, etc. It is a truly fascinating read.
3. Because I REALLY wanted to learn and remember and apply the information presented - each day, before I read a new chapter - I re-read, fairly quickly, all the previous pages I had read, and reviewed my notes and highlights.
4. Finally - after finishing the book - I DID EXACTLY what the book recommends in the final chapter with regard to "moving forward with your life - healing and moving beyond your pain" - and IT WORKED. 100%. It really worked. These people are geniuses...

Net results?

In addition to working for several months with a wonderful PT, and following her advice and doing all my exercises and stretches - I resumed ALL my previous activities:
- I resumed mountain bike racing - and had one of my best seasons ever
- I had my greatest season of snowboarding in 25 years - keeping up with, and somtimes outlasting, my 17-year-old daughter and her friends
- I can run, lift weights, snow shoe, sit, walk, stand, sleep... all 100% pain free. AND at a level that is stronger than I could do 10 years ago

I would recommend you buy this book if you suffer from ANY kind of chronic pain [physical OR emotional], get a good Physical Therapist/Trainer to support you - and use your new knowledge to help "heal" your pain, and dramatically improve your life.

Good Luck!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a28378) out of 5 stars Brilliant essential reading June 23 2008
By Bean100 - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
The best book on pain out there, easy to follow and very reassuring. A must read for anyone who is dealing with pain - especially chronic pain.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa170154c) out of 5 stars How a Self-Help Book Should Be Written Aug. 20 2010
By Quentin Regestein - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book conveys a recent, surprising update on chronic injury-related pain. It convinces you that pain can assume a life of its own long after the original injury has healed or been resolved. A complex of nervous, inflammatory and endocrine systems, which emerged in response to the injury, continues sui generis to make you miserable.

The authors adduce much information from psychology and neuroscience that leads to key conclusions. The approach to pain relief should change after a while from analgesics and passive physiotherapy to an adaptive program of gradually return to normal activity. This means systematic increase in negotiating pain-making movements while disregarding temporary pain increases. You have to try doing things that make symptoms worse for a bit. Shying away from challenges simply fixes expectations that you will remain hurt and invalided. A list of high quality references from peer-reviewed medical literature backs up the text.

The book's content is presented on big, wide pages of jargon-free text and apealing illustrations, all packaged in a ring binder and cover flap that lets you keep your place easily while consulting cross-references elsewhere in the book that reinforce the current message. Brief reviews at the ends of chapters also boost memory.

There are good reasons why this unusual book commands its premium price.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a285ac) out of 5 stars Scientific and Clinical Applications Review June 26 2009
By S. Burkart - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is the most important text for rehabilitation teachers, practioners, and patients with chronic pain to read and understand. Many chronic pain patients are stuck in the traditional pain management mode of the medical and alternative systems of care. This text is scientifically sound and referenced but most important it represents an algorithm or pathway to recovery. Its philosophy is straight forward and when applied it represents a way to understand how pain controls your life and what patients/clients need to know and do to recover function. The orchestra (brain) has to play a different tune and modify its structure and function to modulate pain and restore life's activities.