Defeat Chronic Pain Now!
Groundbreaking Strategies for Eliminating the Pain of Arthritis, Back and Neck Conditions, Migraines, Diabetic Neuropathy, and Chronic Illness
Bradley S. Galer, M.D., e Charles E. Argoff, M.D.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
"If you are one of the millions of people suffering from chronic pain, it can often seem as if your discomfort is running—and ruining—your life. Maybe you’ve even been told that “it’s all in your head” and you just have to endure the debilitating effects of migraines, arthritis, back and neck pain, and chronic illness. You can feel good again! Defeat Chronic Pain Now! is your survival guide to preventing, reversing, and managing chronic pain."
Embora a leitura não tenha trazido nenhuma novidade para mim, foi bem interessante, e eu recomendo a leitura.
Não houve nada de novo, são os mesmos remédios e tratamentos que já tentei ou ainda faço uso. Porém, há ilustrações, lista de medicamentos e seus componentes, efeitos, efeitos colaterais, assim como medicinas alternativas, exemplos reais de pacientes, questões mais frequentes, tolerância a certos medicamentos, dependência física e vício, cirurgias e outras opções, etc.
Também fala dos aspectos emocionais, psicológicos, do apoio - ou falta de - entre amigos e familiares, do preconceito, até mesmo de médicos que não acreditam em você. "Even today, doctors frequently tell their chronic pain patients that it’s all in their head and there’s nothing they can do. However, what you and your doctors must realize is that all tests have their limits, especially tests assessing pain. It is very likely that no laboratory test will ever be able to find the source in most persons suffering with chronic pain."
"Unfortunately, many doctors need to practice a bit of humility and realize that there is still much to be learned about pain. Too often, we doctors make lots of assumptions based on prior (incorrect) teachings or are afraid to admit we don’t know something. Here are some instances when the medical profession was just plain wrong and too many patients suffered because of it."
- RULE 1: EVERY PERSON IN PAIN IS DIFFERENT;
- RULE 2: ALWAYS CHANGE DOSES ONE DRUG AT A TIME;
- RULE 3: KEEP IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH YOUR DOCTOR WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR DOSES;
- RULE 4: YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN YOUR TREATMENT.
Chronic Pain Often Leads to Depression and Anxiety
The unfortunate fact is that many people with chronic pain will at some time suffer from a psychological disorder due to their pain and disability. The psychological conditions they experience are usually depression or an anxiety disorder. (...) It’s important to recognize that these psychological conditions do not cause chronic pain and are not the reason you have pain, but rather reflect the devastating effects of living your life in chronic pain.