Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain: The Latest Research, Cutting-Edge Tools, and Alternative Treatments for Feeling Better

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Chronic pain afflicts some fifty million Americans. With many years of experience treating its sufferers, Dr. Peter Abaci has developed innovative treatments that have helped thousands better their lives in dramatic ways - techniques he now offers in this book. Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain pairs traditional medicine with unconventional treatments - such as tai chi, art therapy, diet, and yoga. It reveals groundbreaking information about how functional MRIs can now measure pain, as well as the startling ...

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Overview

Chronic pain afflicts some fifty million Americans. With many years of experience treating its sufferers, Dr. Peter Abaci has developed innovative treatments that have helped thousands better their lives in dramatic ways - techniques he now offers in this book. Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain pairs traditional medicine with unconventional treatments - such as tai chi, art therapy, diet, and yoga. It reveals groundbreaking information about how functional MRIs can now measure pain, as well as the startling truth that narcotic pain medications can actually worsen chronic pain.

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  • Dr. Peter Abaci
    Dr. Peter Abaci  

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“I found Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain to be very comprehensive, easy to read, and a great handbook for patients with chronic pain. Dr. Abaci’s approach wonderfully includes both traditional and nontraditional methods, which can not only relieve pain but provide overall wellness. I would recommend this book to my patients and to our doctors training to become pain specialists.”
—Carol A. Warfield, MD, Lowenstein Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

“Peter Abaci has learned the secrets of successful chronic pain management and put them into Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain. Both pain sufferers and those who provide care for chronic pain patients can learn from his superb guide to contending with chronic pain and all its facets. He makes it quite clear that it is the patient who must do the work; the health care provider is a guide and source of encouragement and wisdom.  This book is a counterbalance to the excessive reliance on pills and procedures that so often fail to adequately deal with those who suffer from chronic pain.  The book is an excellent companion-piece for patients entering into a chronic pain management program.”
—John D. Loeser, MD, Professor Emeritus, Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology and Pain Management, University of Washington

“Dr. Abaci has written an informative and readable ‘how to’ book for patients with chronic pain, one that illustrates the power of the rehabilitation approach and the importance of patients taking an active role in their own recovery.  He draws on his own experience and puts the high technology interventional techniques and the use of analgesic medications into their proper place.”
—Howard L. Fields, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology; Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction; Principal Investigator, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762754090
  • Publisher: GPP Life
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,050,173
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Abaci, MD, is board certified in anesthesia and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He has been in private practice since 1996 and is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the nationally recognized Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center, located in Los Gatos, California. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Truth

Chapter 1 Introducing Good Health 9

Chapter 2 If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Don't Let Your Doctor Treat the Wrong Problem 21

Chapter 3 A Fistful of Dollars: Your Pain Is Making Someone Very Rich 37

Chapter 4 Opioids: The Karl Marx of the People 51

Chapter 5 The Verdict Is In: What Evidence-Based Medicine Says about Treating Pain 61

Part II Think

Chapter 6 Stress: The Silent Killer 74

Chapter 7 The Brain in Pain 85

Chapter 8 Spirituality and Healing 97

Chapter 9 Move It or Lose It: Why Inactivity Hurts 112

Part III Dare

Chapter 10 Seven Steps to an Extreme Makeover 125

Chapter 11 Breathing 132

Chapter 12 Acceptance: Your Path to Happiness 143

Chapter 13 Art Imitating Pain 151

Chapter 14 Facing Addiction 160

Chapter 15 Feed Your Health: Nutrition to Fight Pain 169

Chapter 16 Shake Your Groove Thing: Develop Your Exercise Program 189

Chapter 17 Eastern Moves for the Western Soul 205

Chapter 18 Common Western Medical Treatments for Chronic Pain 225

Chapter 19 Lights Out: Simple Ways to Better Sleep 240

Chapter 20 At Home: Helping Your Family Help You 248

Chapter 21 Aging Gracefully 259

Conclusion: Final Words 276

Resources 278

Acknowledgments 283

Index 284

About the Author 292

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