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The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life (APA Lifetools) Paperback – September 1, 2005
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"The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life is the best book Ive 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 cant 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 individuals 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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a helpful book! Easy to read and actually understand. Hits on all sorts of chronic pain- really helps you learn how to deal with it pain in a healthy way. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a must have if you're suffering through life because of chronic pain. I knew I had the right book as soon as I started the first paragraph.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Actually using this in a Weekly Pain Group I'm attending. We're using and following the book.Published 4 months ago by Debe McQuillen