Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Reliefby Steven H. Richeimer
This comprehensive guide is designed to help everyone whose days are filled with chronic painthe kind of pain that truly is a disease unto itself. Where does chronic pain come from, and why doesn’t it go away? Dr. Steven H. Richeimer, an eminent voice in the field of pain management, answers these and other fundamental questions about chronic pain.
This comprehensive guide is designed to help everyone whose days are filled with chronic painthe kind of pain that truly is a disease unto itself. Where does chronic pain come from, and why doesn’t it go away? Dr. Steven H. Richeimer, an eminent voice in the field of pain management, answers these and other fundamental questions about chronic pain. Board certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry, he knows that the stress of persistent pain quickly takes a toll on the body and the mind. And he has helped thousands of people reduce their pain and reclaim their lives.
In Confronting Chronic Pain, Dr. Richeimer discusses what causes pain in such disorders as arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic headache, and back painand describes how to get relief. He provides clear and up-to-date information about pain medications, exercise and nutrition, injections and neurostimulators, and complementary therapies. He also explains the many approaches to managing the social and emotional aspects of pain.
Understanding that chronic pain affects the spirit, he offers seven spiritual tools for moving beyond pain; understanding that chronic pain affects the whole family, he has created an action plan for family harmony; understanding the emotional component of people in pain, he helps them solve the chronic pain puzzle.
"Just learn to live with it" is not a satisfactory response to someone living with chronic pain. Dr. Richeimer’s compassionate and holistic approach can help soften the harsh edges of pain and provide hope for the future.
Richeimer (anesthesiology and psychiatry, chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Univ. of Southern California) provides an engaging, holistic, and up-to-date overview of the treatment of chronic pain, a debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans each year. The book begins with a scientific overview of what pain actually is from a biological perspective, then examines the most common sources of chronic pain: arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, headaches, low-back pain, and general neuropathy. These descriptions are accessible but scientifically informed. From the biological accounts of the conditions, the author then discusses pain medications, and how they work. He moves on to other treatment options for pain and considers the impact of emotional and psychological well-being on chronic pain in line with current research. Further expanding this holistic approach, he addresses the role of spirituality in making meaning and coping with pain before turning to a chapter on chronic pain's effect on sufferers and their families. Finally, the author looks at the future of pain control. The book contains many helpful illustrations and diagrams. VERDICT Those who suffer from chronic pain will find this readable, sophisticated yet approachable treatment of its causes and treatment a helpful read.—Aaron Klink, Duke Univ., Durham, NC
What People are saying about this
For anyone who has been made to feel that their suffering is in their head, or has refilled prescription after prescription with no relief, you no longer have to suffer helplessly and in silence. Read this book and begin to take back control of your life.
This book is a very good tool for patients to better understand the types and mechanisms of pain, and it is helpful for physicians in the physician/patient relationship, enabling the physician to better serve them. It is easy to read with a good scientific base, and most importantly, it emphasizes the spiritual and psychological aspects of pain.
The chronic pain experience is wrought with pitfalls and missteps. In my 31-year journey, I've discovered that one needs a guide or two to help find the light. Dr. Richeimer's Confronting Chronic Pain is one of those beacons. Comprehensive and enlightening, it covers the full chronic pain spectrum, including often overlooked aspects such as spirituality and family impact. Best of all, it offers real hope by embracing acceptance and self-care.
Meet the Author
Steven H. Richeimer, M.D., is an associate professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry and chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also director of Pain Management at Norris Cancer Hospital, Los Angeles. Kathy Steligo is a freelance writer specializing in business and health topics, coauthor of Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny, and author of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook: Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery, both published by Johns Hopkins.
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