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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain


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Table of Contents

Overview of Self-Management & Pain; Becoming an Active Self-Manager; Finding Resources; Understanding & Managing Common Symptoms & Problems; Using Your Mind to Manage Pain Symptoms; Pacing: Balancing Activity & Rest; Exercise & Physical Activity for Every Body; Exercising for Flexibility, Strength, & Balance; Exercising for Endurance & Fitness: Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity; Communicating with Family & Friends; Communicating with Your Health Care Professionals; Sex & Intimacy; Healthy Eating; Healthy Weight Management; Managing Your Medicines; Medicines & Treatments for Chronic Pain; Making Treatment Decisions; Managing Specific Chronic Pain Conditions; Managing Angina Pain, Coronary Artery Disease, & Related Conditions; Planning for the Future: Fears & Reality.; Appendix: Helpful Hints for Everyday Living; Index.

About the Author

Sandra LeFort, MN, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada where she teaches and continues to do research in pain. Lisa Webster, RN, is the clinical manager of Pain Management Centre at Hamilton General Hospital. Kate Lorig, DrPH, is director and professor emerita at StanfordUniversity School of MedicinesPatient Education Research Center. Halsted Holman, MD, is professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine. David T. Sobel, M. Ed., is a Senior Faculty in the Education Department and Director of the Center for Place-based Education at Antioch University New England. Prior to 1997, he served as the Chairperson of the department for a dozen years. He was one of the founders of The Harrisville Children's Center and has served on the boards of public and private schools. He was m member of the editorial board of the journal Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice and has served as a correspondent for Orion Magazine. His articles examine the relationship between child development, authentic curriculum and environmental education. He was the winner of a 1991 Education Press Award. In 2007, he was identified as one of the Daring Dozen educators in the United States by Edutopia magazine. His book Nature Preschools and forest Kindergartens will be published by Redleaf Press in autumn, 2015. David's exploration and documentation of the natural interests of chil Diana Laurent, MPH, is a health educator and trainer at StanfordPatient Education ResearchCenter. Virginia Gonzalez, MPH, is a health educator and study coordinator at Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Centre. Marian Minor, PT, PhD, is professor emerita at the University ofMissouri, Department of Physical Therapy.


A much-needed clear and comprehensive resource to gain a better understanding of chronic pain and how self-management helps address and improve the physical and emotional experience. -- Patrick McGowan, PhD, University of Victoria "Living with chronic pain is extremely difficult. This book encourages those living with chronic pain to choose to live a happy and satisfying life in spite of their struggles, and it provides a roadmap to achieve this goal!" -- Barbara Zarnikow, Board Co-Chair, Interstitial Cystitis Association "I highly recommend this succinct, readable and extremely useful and informative book for clinicians and people with chronic pain. Of the many books on this topic, this one uniquely provides useful information for the reader to better manage chronic pain." Steven D. Feinberg, MD,Feinberg Medical Group, past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine "I see it as not only a teaching tool, but a life-long resource for those with chronic pain. Sherri King, Coordinator, nutrition and wellness programs, Services to the Aging

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