books by people with chronic pain?

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PAlady
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   Posted 12/31/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if anyone has read any decent books that have been writtne by people who are struggling with chronic pain, and managing their lives? I really am not looking for general inspirational books - but things which could help with the process - and I believe it is a process that takes time - of accepting chronic pain as part of one's life, and moving forward with life despite it.

mama2654
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
No I havent seen or heard anything, sorry. I am sure you can research on it, maybe try Google.com? Let me know if you find anything good.
Good luck!

JulietteSuzanne
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently read "The Truth about Chronic Pain" by Arthur Rosenfeld. It was extremely informative and inspiring. It told of true cases of people dealing with different types of chronic pain, what they have gone through, and ultimately how they are coping with it on a day to day basis (like all of are trying to do!)

btw- I am new to this forum. I have read it for many months now and am astounded by how caring, supportive, and understanding people are on here! Glad to finally join.

PAlady
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new, too, Elenor. Thanks for posting. I think I saw that on amazon along with a number of other choices. I feel like I need help with accepting that pain will likely be a part of my life forever, but I've got to find a way to have some LIFE despite it. Biggest fears at the moment are financial, as I have no disability and my resources are about gone and I'm in huge debt. I know it takes years to get Soc. Sec. disability. The fear that this engenders for a woman living alone I know increases pain as it increases stress. This forum certainly helps; at least I don't feel so alone anymore.

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/1/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, I am wondering if there is some type of program in your area for people unable to work due to disability, much like welfare for single parents, until your disability comes through. At the very least you should be able to qualify for food stamps.

Elenor, I think I am going to hunt down that book...I will go to Books-A-Million this Friday and see if I can find it. (I would rather go there instead of ordering from Amazon since it is a reason to get out of the house...I am always cooped up here and that is depressing.)

Welcome to both of you. I just joined last month but have found a wealth of information and support here. The people here are definitely the best and completely understand.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


JulietteSuzanne
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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Mochiah and PAlady- thanks so much for the warm welcome!

I have read approx. 5 or 6 books on chronic pain and that one was by far the best. I just looked at my copy and I have highlights, stars, underlines, etc. all in it. I remember telling my husband how awesome it was while I was reading it. Other pain books were just the same ol stuff. It's well worth the trip to the bookstore Mochiah! Books-A-Million sounds like a neat store (we only have Half-Priced Books around us)! Let me know if you find it!

Lucia_Delacroix
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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
ElenorRigby said...
I recently read "The Truth about Chronic Pain" by Arthur Rosenfeld. It was extremely informative and inspiring. It told of true cases of people dealing with different types of chronic pain, what they have gone through, and ultimately how they are coping with it on a day to day basis (like all of are trying to do!)

btw- I am new to this forum. I have read it for many months now and am astounded by how caring, supportive, and understanding people are on here! Glad to finally join.


Thank you for recommending the book. My library has it and I put a hold on the book and hopefully get it within the week.
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.

Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.

Meds:
Zyprexa 5 mg
Wellbutrin XL 150 mg
Klonopin 2 mg
Neurontin 600 mg 3x a day
Percocet 5/325mg
Robaxin 750 mg 1-3 tablets a day
Ibuprofen 800 mg
Fentanyl Patch 12 mcg/hr

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