Chronic Pain Management
“With few exceptions, all of us experience pain. It is an inescapable part of human life. But odds are you may be experiencing chronic pain that is out of control and may be hijacking your life. By reading PainTamers, you will begin arming yourself with the knowledge, skills, tools, and, above all, the mindset you will need to reclaim control of your life—and your body.
There is no better person to compile this comprehensive, information-packed text than my friend and colleague, Helen Dearman—a courageous, compassionate, and determined woman who, in spite of living with serious chronic pain for the majority of her adult life, has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others with pain. She has done this through her work as founder and director of the National Chronic Pain Society, her VoiceAmerica radio program, Pain Tamers: Living With Chronic Pain, and now, through this book.
As Executive Director of the American Academy of Pain Management, former Director of Communications and Advocacy of the American Pain Foundation, and as a person who lived with pain for the first two decades of her adult life, I understand the monumental physical, psychological, social, and spiritual challenges you face every day as a person with pain—let alone the difficulty of finding clinicians who are knowledgeable and compassionate and the problem of finding treatments that actually work.
On your personal journey toward wellness, always keep in mind the author’s key messages: you are not alone; it is vital to learn how to control your pain and not let it control you; and, you need to become your own best advocate to get the care you need and deserve.
Above all, always remember that you are a person, you are not your pain, and that, even with pain, you can enjoy the pleasures of a full and meaningful life.”
Lenore Duensing, M.Ed., Executive Director of the American Academy of Pain Management and the Institute of Integrative Pain Management.