Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It's Managed

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An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and an additional 25 million experience acute pain as a result of surgery or injury. Many people assume they must live with pain, but this is simply untrue. Most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management; however, the reality is that most pain goes untreated, under-treated, or improperly treated. With proper management the overall health, well-being, and quality of life of millions of Americans ...
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Understanding Pain: What It Is, Why It Happens, and How It's Managed

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Overview

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and an additional 25 million experience acute pain as a result of surgery or injury. Many people assume they must live with pain, but this is simply untrue. Most pain can be managed or greatly eased with proper pain management; however, the reality is that most pain goes untreated, under-treated, or improperly treated. With proper management the overall health, well-being, and quality of life of millions of Americans can be improved.

Understanding Pain provides a comprehensive guide for individuals who do not have medical training yet experience chronic pain and wish to improve their understanding about the problem they live with each day. Chapters include:Chapters include:

  • Explanation and rationale for acute and chronic pain treatments
  • A self-evaluation to collect and organize important information that should be communicated to the healthcare provider
  • An explanation of how pain is perceived and processed by the brain to equip patients with a basis for understanding the selection of treatment options
  • Resources for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • And much more

This book will help patients understand the multifaceted nature of pain and the range of treatment options available for its management. It will also enable them to communicate more effectively with their doctors and other healthcare providers. This latest volume in the American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guide series is an essential tool for all individuals coping with chronic pain, caregivers, and allied healthcare professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jennifer E Tyrrell, BScN, MN (The Hospital for Sick Children)
Description: This is a guide to help patients and families understand pain. Among the unique characteristics of the book are the suggestions on how to give a complete pain history to a healthcare provider and the emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, often forgotten in guides/books aimed at patients and families.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the reader develop a framework for understanding pain and become better prepared to manage the life changes associated with pain. This is a worthy objective as everyone will experience pain at some point in his lifetime. The topics in the guide meet the stated objectives well.
Audience: According to the author, the intended audience includes patients and families experiencing or affected by pain. My only concern is that the reading level is too high for the audience. The language and level of detail (e.g., anatomy and physiology) are more appropriate for a healthcare practitioner or highly educated patient/family member (college level).
Features: The book covers many facets of pain management that are important for patients and families to know. However, the design is not innovative and includes a minimal amount of illustrations. The glossary is comprehensive and the list of resources is excellent for patients and families who would like more information.
Assessment: Overall, the book meets a need for many patients and families struggling to deal with this very common condition. I am just concerned that the language and amount of information might be overwhelming for some.
CAPHIS Consumer Connections
"The book does a good job of considering all aspects of pain management treatment, allowing the reader to understand and compare the available options... This book is loaded with information on how the field of pain medicine works... well-written and easy to understand. I highly recommend it in your quest for taking responsibility for your own pain."--About.com

"Any suffering from chronic pain need this primer... Patients, caregivers, and any library catering them will find Understanding Pain offers key insights into neurology often limited to health professionals--and enables patients to both understand and consider options in pain management."--The Midwest Book Review

"Among the unique characteristics of the book are the suggestions on how to give a complete pain history to a healthcare provider and the emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach...The glossary is comprehensive and the list of resources is excellent ... The book meets a need for many patients and families struggling to deal with this very common condition."--Doody's Reviews

"The book delivers a reassuring message for people experiencing pain... [and] provides strategies for patients to communicate the nature of their pain to their providers... Well-researched chapters cover medications, alternative therapies, surgery, special issues of pain in children and the elderly, and a resource guide."-- CAPHIS Consumer Connections

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603583
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Series: American Academy of Neurology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,195,487
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry J. Gould, III, MD, PhD, is Director of the Pain Mastery Center in the Department of Neurology at Louisiana State University.
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Table of Contents

Pain Defined What Are We Treating?
The Evaluation What Should I Tell My Doctor?
The Multidisciplinary Approach The Best Way to Treat My Pain
The Anatomy of Pain The Basis for Selecting Treatment Options
Non-Pharmacologic Options in Pain Management
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management Non-Opinoid Analgesics
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management Opinoid Analgesics
Opioid Analgesics Myth vs. Benefit
Pharmacological Options in Pain Management Adjuvant Medications
Pharmacological Options Dosing and Alternate Routes of Administration
Invasive Options and When to Consider
Sex and Age Special Considerations
Resources
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