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"Turk’s and Winter’s vast clinical experience and command of the subject shine through on every page. Highly recommended." —Robert T. Cochran Jr., MD, Author of Understanding Chronic Pain: A Doctor Talks to His Patients

"The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life is the best book I’ve read on the emotional fallout from chronic pain. In this warm, inspiring, and highly readable work, Turk and Winter have written the ultimate guide for taking your life back from the ravages of pain. I can’t imagine trying to live in pain without the wisdom contained in this book." —James N. Dillard, MD, Author of The Chronic Pain Solution and the PBS special Chronic Pain Relief, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

"A must-read book! The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life will empower all people who must live with chronic pain by providing a commonsense approach to managing their pain and their life. The book is filled with easy-to-follow tools that motivate a person with pain to achieve a fuller life. should be read and reread by people with chronic pain as well as those who care about them." —Penney Cowan, Founder, Executive Director, American Chronic Pain Association, Rocklin, CA

"The experience of chronic pain can adversely affect an individual’s level of confidence and ability to feel in control of his or her life, yet this book provides readers with a definitive course of action, which will enable them to adapt to the situation and reclaim a life worth living." —Lynne Matallana, President, Editor-In-Chief, National Fibromyalgia Association

"Drs. Turk and Winter have combined their years of expertise to help any person change from feelings of helplessness to a sense of control over their pain. The information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner that employs time-tested interventions for pain management. The useful charts monitor progress, and relevant examples illustrate each point. The title says it all!" —Robert N. Jamison, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

About the Author

Robert J. Gatchel received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. Dr. Gatchel is currently Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Health Psychology. He has published 10 other books, as well as over 140 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Gatchel is also the recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. His primary clinical and research interests have been in the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with a particular focus on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain disability.
Dennis C. Turk is the John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a founding member and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society. In 1993, Dr. Turk was the recipient of the Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology. Dr. Turk has published 9 books and over 190 journal articles and book chapters.
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Product Details

  • Series: APA Lifetools
  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591470498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591470496
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Hand on January 29, 2008
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I have chronic pain syndrome as a result of a couple of spinal cord injuries. Sometimes it is more than a bit overwhelming. The hard part is the way the pain is always there. Sometimes it's worse; sometimes it's tolerable. But, it never stops. What I have found over the years is that if you suffer from chronic pain doctors are a sorry lot for the most part. If you have a good one, you are truly blessed. The ones I encountered seem they either don't understand your suffering, don't believe the degree of your suffering, or just don't care. None seem adept at offering any coping advice beyond a shrug and anti-depressants. Almost all practice with a greater concern that the DEA is looking over their shoulder at the pain medicine they prescribe than helping you as their patient. Even pain specialists I have seen seem to be more hi tech gadget sales people than care givers. Or they are the worst of the skeptics in believing the patient. It's hard to find anybody who cares or understands what you're going through. Except you. That's what's so empowering about this book. It makes no excuses and pulls no punches about the medical profession, friends, family, and the sorry way they almost all treat pain sufferers. The emphasis here is that YOU have to seize the initiative and guide yourself down the path of getting some sembelence of a life back. What's contained here is a simple method to find the parameters you can function in as you explore what you can and can't do. There are easy to follow tips and guides that help you document your condition as you follow the program. Not only is this useful for you as a timeline to measure progress, but it provides a solid database to present to your physcian which may help him/her understand what you are going through.Read more ›
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I am a clinical psychologist working in a multidisciplinary pain treatment clinic. I also have chronic pain. In my view, as an introductory pain coping resources self-help book, this book wins best of breed. This book's author, Dennis Turk, PhD., is a leading expert in the subject of chronic pain in general and what works in pain coping resources in particular.
Like other good pain coping self-help books (e.g., "Managing Your Pain Before It Mangers You" by Margaret Caudill, MD, PhD and "Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!", by Bruch Eimer, PhD), it does an effective job of covering the range of what has been learned on helping chronic pain patients help themselves. Important areas of pain coping resources are effectively addressed (e.g., effectively adopting the role of your own pain expert; the extremely important, but frequently overlooked, issue of pacing; the importance of effective moderation of sympathetic arousal; pain and fatigue; how interpersonal factors can effect pain and visa-versa; changing thoughts and behaviors; maintaining gains).
The book not only provides understanding and information. It is structured as an effective self-help tool. Although I do encourage my patients to use this book as part of their treatment with me, I strongly disagree with the reviewer above (promoting his own book) who suggests that the book is not effective to use "by yourself" and should include a "user manual." I have found the truth to be quite the contrary. The user manual is right there. The book is structured into ten lessons that conclude with well-conceived exercises to effectively introduce and encourage adoption of proven resources. Many of my patients pick up the book and effectively apply it with little or no assistance from me.
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This book is an easy can do book for anyone suffering from pain and unable to get their life back. It not only teaches, but also reminds us of the life we had before pain took over our day to day living, leaving us embroiled in medication and non activity which just makes things worse. Get it. USE IT. Do not JUST READ it.
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Written by doctors with years of experience in the assessment and treatment of people with chronic pain, The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life is a ten-step program for learning to live and minimize chronic pain, emphasizing the importance of gradual behavior changes. Chapters discuss relaxation tips, ways to reduce fatigue, the importance of not allowing pain to sabotage personal relationships, making adjustments in behavior, bolstering self-confidence, coping with setbacks, and much more. The Pain Survival Guide also denounces common myths about pain, and emphasizes the following truths: pain is not a reliable signal of injury; the absence of injury or disease does not mean that one's pain is not real; pain should always be taken seriously; drugs are not always the best or only way to treat pain; and having pain for a long time does not mean that one's condition is beyond treatment. An index rounds out this highly accessible and practical and serious-minded resource.
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There are many pain management books on the market - often they offer the reader 'the cure', or 'ways to reduce your pain', leaving the person who follows the directions yet doesn't find their pain reduces feeling frustrated, helpless and often hopeless. This book is different. It acknowledges that pain interferes with so much in life, and offers sensible, research-based strategies that people can follow for themselves.

As a health professional, I would say that to follow this by yourself without support would be very difficult - because learning new skills may be relatively easy, but dealing with the thoughts and beliefs and habits of a life can be very difficult! This book strikes me as one that will be referred to by health professionals working with people experiencing chronic pain for many years.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to have a 'user manual' with areas for the person experiencing pain to complete. This would make the book less likely to be 'read' and put aside, and help the reader bring it to personal relevance.

Definitely recommended.
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