Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain

Sandra LeFort, MN, PhD, Lisa Webster, RN, Kate Lorig, DrPH, Halsted Holman, MD, David Sobel, MPH, MD, Diana Laurent, MPH, Virginia González, MPH, Marian Minor, PT, PhD

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People with chronic pain face challenges every day. 

This book is designed to help you manage your pain so that you can get on with living a satisfying, fulfilling life.

Chronic pain includes many types of conditions from a variety of causes.

Despite these differences, all readers of this book have one very important thing in common — you are living with pain every day.

To help you discover strategies and skills that will make a difference, this book emphasizes four concepts:

1.    Each person with chronic pain is unique. There is no one treatment or approach that is right for everybody.

2.    There are a number of things you can do to feel better. These things will not eliminate pain, but they will help you to better manage pain, and help you to become more active and more involved in life. 

3.    With knowledge and experimentation, you are the best judge of which self-management tools and techniques are best for you.

4.    The responsibility for managing your chronic pain day-to-day rests with you, not anybody else. Many people can be of help to you — your family and friends, your health care team. But, in the end, the responsibility for self-management is yours.

Acknowledging that overcoming chronic pain is a daily challenge, this book provides you with the self-management tools to help you meet that challenge. 

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Rave Reviews

“A much-needed clear and comprehensive resource to gain a better understanding of chronic pain and how self-management helps address and improve the physical and emotional experience.”

-- Patrick McGowan, PhD, University of Victoria

"Living with chronic pain is extremely difficult. This book encourages those living with chronic pain to choose to live a happy and satisfying life in spite of their struggles, and it provides a roadmap to achieve this goal!"

-- Barbara Zarnikow, Board Co-Chair, Interstitial Cystitis Association

"I highly recommend this succinct, readable and extremely useful and informative book for clinicians and people with chronic pain. Of the many books on this topic, this one uniquely provides useful information for the reader to better manage chronic pain."

— Steven D. Feinberg, MD, Feinberg Medical Group, past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine

"I see it as not only a teaching tool, but a life-long resource for those with chronic pain.”

— Sherri King, Coordinator, nutrition and wellness programs, Services to the Aging

Table of Contents

1  Overview of Self-Management and Pain 
2  Becoming an Active Self-Manager 
3  Finding Resources
4  Understanding and Managing Common Symptoms and Problems 
5  Using Your Mind to Manage Pain Symptoms
6  Pacing: Balancing Activity and Rest
7  Exercise and Physical Activity for Every Body
8  Exercising for Flexibility, Strength, and Balance
9  Exercising for Endurance and Fitness: Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity
10  Communicating with Family and Friends
11 Communicating with Your Health Care Professionals
12  Sex and Intimacy
13  Healthy Eating
14  Healthy Weight Management
15  Managing Your Medicines
16  Medicines and Treatments for Chronic Pain
17  Making Treatment Decisions
18  Managing Specific Chronic Pain Conditions 
19  Managing Angina Pain, Coronary Artery Disease, and Related Conditions 
20  Planning for the Future: Fears and Reality
Appendix: Helpful Hints for Everyday Living

About the Author

Sandra LeFort, MN, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada where she teaches and continues to do research in pain.

Lisa Webster, RN, is the clinical manager of Pain Management Centre at Hamilton General Hospital.

Kate Lorig, DrPH, is director and professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Patient Education Research Center.

Halsted Holman, MD, is professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine.

David Sobel, MD, MPH was director of patient education and health promotion, The Permanente Medical Group, Northern California.

Diana Laurent, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator at Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Virginia González, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator and consultant to Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Marian Minor, PT, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Missouri, Department of Physical Therapy.


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