Chronic Pain: Biomedical and Spiritual Approaches

Chronic Pain: Biomedical and Spiritual Approaches

by Harold G Koenig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0789016389

ISBN-13: 9780789016386

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This insightful and informative book examines the comprehensive management of chronic pain, incorporating biomedical, surgical, psychological, social, and spiritual perspectives. It provides essential information about how to reduce physical pain and explores techniques for improving people's ability to cope with it. The author, who suffers from chronic pain and

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This insightful and informative book examines the comprehensive management of chronic pain, incorporating biomedical, surgical, psychological, social, and spiritual perspectives. It provides essential information about how to reduce physical pain and explores techniques for improving people's ability to cope with it. The author, who suffers from chronic pain and disability himself, explores ways to cope with low back pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatologic pain, headaches, the pain of multiple sclerosis, and more. Helpful tables provide easy access to information on medications for pain and managing side effects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789016386
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is This Book About?1
Who Should Read This Book?4
My Story5
Chapter 1.Pain Is a Common Problem9
Pain Complaints in the Community10
Pain in the Young and Old10
Use of Pain Medicine11
Definition and Causes of Pain13
Types of Pain15
Influence of the Mind17
Physical Causes of Pain19
Specific Pain Syndromes20
Summary26
Chapter 2.A Giant Called Mr. Pain27
Chapter 3.Back Pain--Bob's Story37
Chapter 4.Headache Pain--Penny's Story55
Chapter 5.Rheumatologic Pain--Laura's Story71
Chapter 6.Generalized Pain--Jackie's Story87
Chapter 7.Long-Term Chronic Pain--Joan's Story99
Chapter 8.Assessment of Pain113
Consequences of Pain113
Assessment114
Key Considerations During Assessment118
Overcoming Barriers to Pain Assessment119
Is the Pain Real?120
Summary and Conclusions121
Chapter 9.Medication for Pain123
Medicating Chronic Pain124
Nonnarcotic Analgesics126
Narcotic Analgesics134
Addiction versus Physical Dependence136
Narcotic Pain Reliever of First Choice137
Combining Narcotic and Nonnarcotic Analgesics139
Maximizing Effectiveness of Medications140
Research on New Pain Medicines141
Nondrug Treatments for Pain142
Summary and Conclusions143
Chapter 10.Psychosocial and Behavioral Treatments145
Psychosocial and Behavioral Consequences of Chronic Pain145
Treatments for Psychosocial and Behavioral Problems151
Multidisciplinary Team Approach158
Summary and Conclusions158
Chapter 11.Alternative and Complementary Treatments161
Herbal Medicines162
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate171
Alternative Medical Procedures173
Summary and Conclusions184
Chapter 12.Surgical and Other Procedures185
Neurosurgery186
Spinal Surgeries189
Negative Consequences of Surgery192
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation192
Implantable Nerve Stimulator193
Motor Cortex Stimulation195
Implantable Drug Delivery Systems196
Injections for the Relief of Pain196
Experimental Therapies198
Summary and Conclusions199
Chapter 13.Specific Disease Conditions201
Osteoarthritis201
Fibromyalgia207
Headache211
Chronic Back Pain217
Cancer-Related Pain218
Summary and Conclusions225
Chapter 14.Spiritual Approaches to Pain227
A Spiritual Attitude Toward Pain227
Faith Community Involvement234
Scripture236
Prayer237
Summary and Conclusions248
Chapter 15.Ten Practical Steps for Slaying the Giant251
Step 1Comprehensive Medical Evaluation251
Step 2Simple, Safe Drugs and Noninvasive Treatments252
Step 3Exercise and Attention to Diet and Weight253
Step 4Inexpensive Safe Alternative Therapies254
Step 5Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)255
Step 6Psychotherapy and Behavioral Treatments256
Step 7Low-Dose Antidepressants, Gabapentin, and Muscle Relaxants256
Step 8Treatment in a Chronic Pain Clinic257
Step 9Surgical Therapies and Other Mechanical Treatments258
Step 10Narcotic Analgesics259
Special Spiritual Strategies260
Sources for Further Information262
Summary and Conclusions264
Appendix I.Healing Scriptures for Those in Chronic Pain265
Scriptures Concerning Suffering and Pain265
Scriptures Concerning Healing270
Appendix II.Medications for Pain and Managing Side Effects279
Notes293
Index305

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