The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life

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If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Psychologists Turk and Winters’ recommendations are based on solid research that shows what works and on their success with thousands of patients. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn "not to let your body push you around" so life becomes enjoyable again. The ...
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Overview

If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Psychologists Turk and Winters’ recommendations are based on solid research that shows what works and on their success with thousands of patients. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn "not to let your body push you around" so life becomes enjoyable again. The key lessons in this book include -Uncovering some of the myths about pain and the deceptive ways it fools your body into unconstructive behavior
-Pacing your activity, so you build strength without overdoing or underdoing it
-Learning how to induce deep relaxation so you can begin to enjoy life again
-Dealing with disturbed sleep and chronic fatigue
-Improving your relations with family and friends, and soliciting support
-Changing your habitual behaviors in ways that reduce pain
-Combating the negative thinking that often accompanies pain
-Regaining your self-confidence and trust in yourself
-The power of goal-setting and humor Dealing with the inevitable relapses and setbacks once improvement has set in Workbook exercises, behavior logs, and suggested readings help you integrate these lessons into your daily life and learn to live well despite pain.
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What People Are Saying

James N. Dillard
"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."
MD, Author of The Chronic Pain Solution and the PBS special Chronic Pain Relief, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Lynne Matallana
"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."
President, Editor-In-Chief, National Fibromyalgia Association
Penney Cowan
"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."
Founder, Executive Director, American Chronic Pain Association, Rocklin, CA
Robert N. Jamison
"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!"
PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Robert T. Cochran
"Turk’s and Winter’s vast clinical experience and command of the subject shine through on every page. Highly recommended."
MD, Author of Understanding Chronic Pain: A Doctor Talks to His Patients
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470496
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 203
  • Sales rank: 200,610
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : how this program can change your life 3
Lesson 1 Becoming your own pain management expert 9
Lesson 2 Activity, rest, and pacing 31
Lesson 3 Learning to relax 51
Lesson 4 Are you always tired? : ways to combat fatigue 75
Lesson 5 Don't let pain ruin your relationships! 93
Lesson 6 Changing behvior 113
Lesson 7 Changing thoughts and feelings 129
Lesson 8 Gaining self-confidence 149
Lesson 9 Putting it all together 163
Lesson 10 The importance of maintenance and "setbacks" 171
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