If you live with a long term condition that causes you chronic pain, then you are not alone. Chronic or persistent pain affects many adults and children in many ways. It can impact on your mood, your home and work life, your relationships, your sleep, your activities and all areas of your health. It can take your life over.
Change is possible. Effective pain management requires a practical multi-focused approach. This self-help guide brings together tools that have worked with thousands of people with pain. It guides you through skills that help you stop struggling and cope well with pain, including:
· Goal-setting, making action plans and rewarding yourself
· Pacing your day to day activities and building in relaxation practice
· Developing healthy exercise and eating routines
· Sleeping well again
· Coping with setbacks
This book provides a clinically proven self-help approach to pain management based on the authors' work with sufferers at Bradford Hospital. Chronic pain that has lasted more than six months can be caused by a number of factors including stress, prolonged muscle tension and the fact that nerves carrying the pain message have developed a long-term 'memory' for the pain. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help patients become more active, relieve negative feelings, reduce their distress and help them to manage pain more effectively.
· Helps you understand why pain persists when there's no injury or disease present
· Explains how to use drugs more effectively
· Gives guidance for how to become fitter and more active
· Practical tips on improving sleep and relaxation
· Better management of depression, anxiety and anger
· Advice on maintaining healthy and happy relationships with family and friends
Drawing on feedback from hundreds of pain patients, Overcoming Chronic Pain will help readers escape from the distressing cycle of chronic pain.