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Understanding Pain

An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers

Naheed Ali and Moshe Lewis

Pain is informally defined as the body's way of uncovering a problem. Whether due to an injury, infection, or something else, pain alerts a person that something is not right. Sometimes pain goes along with inflammation and swelling, and when it does, the problem is more evident. Oftentimes, pain is more generalized to the entire body, signaling a viral infection such as a flu virus. Still other times, there is no apparent root cause for a person’s pain. Yet, millions of people suffer from some form of pain on a daily basis.

Understanding Pain walks readers through the various types of pain, the causes and symptoms, as well as the methods of treatment currently available. From prescription medication to acupuncture and massage therapy, various approaches may work for some but not for others. But handling pain is essential for living well and functioning on a daily basis. Here, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering self-care as well as caring for others in pain, and addressing alternative as well as traditional methods of pain management.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 414Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-3360-7 • Hardback • April 2015 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-3361-4 • eBook • April 2015 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
Naheed Ali, M.D., is the author of Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), The Obesity Reality (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), Understanding Alzheimer’s (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and Arthritis and You (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). He has appeared as a special guest on numerous talk shows and has been quoted in many national print magazines and TV websites across the US, including Woman’s World, Prevention, Whole Living, MSN.com, USAToday.com, and others.

Moshe Lewis, M.D., M.P.H, an ivy league-trained pain physician and physiatrist. He currently serves as the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the St. Luke's Campus of the California Pacific Medical Center. He lives in northern California, where he enjoys traveling and writing during his spare time. He can be visited online at MosheLewisMD.com.

Part I: Groundwork
1 Introduction to Pain
2 Introduction to the Nervous System
3 Physiology of the Neuron
4 Occurrence of Pain
5 History of Pain
6 Different Interpretations of Pain
7 Changing Culture of Pain

Part II: Clinical Picture
8 Pathology of Pain
9 Diagnosing Pain
10 Causes of Pain
11 Damaging Effects of Pain
12 Role of Internists and Family Practice Physicians
13 Role of Physical Medicine and Rehab in Pain Care
14 Role of the Pain Management Specialist
15 Congenital Insensitivity to Pain
16 Acute vs. Chronic Pain
17 Occupational Pain
18 Sports-Related Pain
19 Pain from Excessive Movement
20 Pain from Sedentary Lifestyle
21 Pain from Aging

Part IV: Resolutions
22 Troubleshooting Pain
23 Natural Pain Approaches
24 Diets for Pain Relief
25 Exercises for Pain Relief
26 Addressing the Mental Aspects
27 Surgery and other Nonpharmacological Approaches
28 Pharmacological Approaches

Part V: Wrap-up
29 Second Opinions
30 Conclusion
Appendix A: Pain-related Links
Appendix B: Research and Training
Appendix D: Nationally Recognized Pain Clinics
Appendix E: For Further Reading
Medical doctors Lewis and Ali deliver a hefty overview of the history, causes, symptoms, and treatment of pain. . . .[T]he millions of Americans who suffer from acute pain (less than six months) or chronic pain (more than six months) and the doctors, friends, and family who look out for them will find much good information here.

[It was an] impressive book that provides much of the information patients and carers might want . . . It seems factually balanced and was presented in an organized manner. It is nearly all written to the lay reader. . . . [The book] provides patient information at two levels: Basic (Grade 5-6 reading level) and Beyond Basics (Grade 10-12). This book falls in the second group, if not higher. But if you are running a pain clinic, especially a chronic pain clinic, you could recommend this book to patients and carers[.]
International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care