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BOOK Managing Pain Before it Manages You - Third Edition

by Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD.

6 Credit Hours - $89
Last revised: 05/02/2011

Course content © Copyright 2011 - 2023 by Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD. All rights reserved.


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pain_manage_297Managing Pain Before It Manages You - Third Edition


Margaret A. Caudill, M.D., PhD

Pages: 272 pages; paperback

Publisher: Guilford Press

Publication Date: 2008

CE Hours: 6


Description from the Publisher


Please see reviews of the book here. Imagine finding a way to spend less time in doctors' offices, and to decrease the discomfort, depression, and anxiety associated with chronic pain. Managing Pain Before It Manages You offers just that—a program to help you reduce your pain and learn coping skills to get your life back. Developed over the author's many years of working with chronic pain sufferers, this program has been proven effective. Program participants report that they have been able to take control of their pain and cut their doctor visits by more than one third! Straightforward and compassionate, this hands-on guide provides detailed information plus step-by-step techniques and activities that help you:


Understand the causes of chronic pain

Recognize what increases and decreases your pain symptoms

Reduce your pain and emotional distress

Learn effective problem solving

Make informed decisions about medications and nutritional therapies

Incorporate relaxation, meditation, and gentle exercise into your daily routine

Communicate effectively about your pain

Set realistic goals


New in the Third Edition: Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition includes the latest information on medications and other clinically proven treatment strategies, expanded coverage of specific pain disorders, and a new appendix featuring Internet resources. Plus, purchasers can download free MP3 audio files of three of the guided relaxation exercises in the book (one hour total).






Foreword, Herbert Benson

Preface to the Third Edition

Before You Begin: How This Book Can Help You


1. Beginning to Take Control of Your Pain

2. Understanding Pain

3. The Mind-Body Connection

4. The Body-Mind Connection

5. The Power of the Mind

6. Adopting Healthy Attitudes

7. Nutrition and Pain

8. Effective Communication

9. Effective Problem Solving

10. The End of the Beginning


Appendix A. Common Chronic Pain Conditions

Appendix B. Complementary Alternative Medicine

Appendix C. Working Comfortably

Appendix D. Choosing Pain Medicine for Osteoarthritis

Appendix E. Worksheets and Other Materials


Internet Resources




About the Author (From the Publisher)


Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, MPH, is a board-certified internist and a Diplomate of Pain Medicine. For more than 25 years, Dr. Caudill has worked to improve the lives of people with chronic illness through medical treatments that address both mind and body. She has researched and written extensively on mind-body medicine and lectures internationally on the biopsychosocial treatment of pain. Currently, she is Instructor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's Pain Management Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.







Explain current theories of pain mechanisms and specific pain disorders
Discuss approaches to pain management
List three methods to manage emotional distress caused by pain
Discuss nutritional approaches to help with pain control

Explain effective communication techniques and goal setting




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