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Best Books on Pain

January 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments

While I’m on “break” for several months, I’m rerorganizing the website to help you find the most helpful articles.  Here are reviews of great books about coping with pain and books related to pain:

1. How to be Sick
2. Working Together When Facing Chronic Pain
3. Beyond Chronic Pain (excellent workbook)
4. Gratitude for your Body (in Yoga for Pain Relief)
5. Life Disrupted (coping with illness in your 20′s and 30′s)
6. Keep Working, Girlfriend
7. Perfect Breathing
8. Lost Souls (how to move towards acceptance)
9. Sharing the Journey
10. 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend
11. Saints to Lean On
12. Painful Yarns (funny book which explains chronic pain through stories)
13. A Brain Wider than the Sky (about migraines)
14. The Wisdom to Know the Difference
15. Reviving the Broken Marionette (about chronic fatigue syndrome)
16. The Book of Calamities (about suffering)
17. The Age of Iron (vivid descriptions of pain)
18. The Language of Pain

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  • Jane // Feb 2, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is the best book I’ve found for understanding and managing pain:

  • Tara W. // Feb 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I love your Blog and always look forward to each new article. However, I must admit to very infrequent online sessions due to painful neuopathy in my hands and arms.

    I write to encourage you to read The Pain Chronicles by Melanie Thernstrom (2010). I have read many books on pain but I can honestly say from the perspective of an RN and chronic pain sufferer that this is simply the best I have found.

    The author captures your attention from the first page in this meticulously researched masterpiece. She grabs hold of you, just as pain does; only you don’t want this pain thriller to end.

    She begins with potent and thought -provoking metaphors and analogies that capture the essence of true chronic, unending pain. She has researched pain from the beginning of mankind encompassing spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs to the latest technological discoveries. Functional and scientific explanations of pain pathways are given yet are always interesting and basic yet informative enough for every level. Never is the reader left with a need of understanding, or a lack of interest. Rather, one is left creatively entertained and truly inspired. Melanie Thernstrom has mastered this as only one who knows pain firsthand can. Her analogies alone are worth the read.


  • Stand // Feb 27, 2011 at 4:19 am

    This is a cool book on pain. The title of the book is:
    “Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain “.

    The author of the book was a marine officer and suffered a lot of pain in his life. He later went on to become a pain therapist. So his book is an interesting one on this subject. You can find that book on amazon bookstore.

  • Gary // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I have suffered with pain for the last thirty years. Four surgeries and just about any kind of needle that can be stuck into you. This book Called Stop the orchestra from playing: One mans odyssey with pain, chronicles my experience’s of major back pain. I tried to inject some humour and personnel experiences and try to give the .reader some insight that they are not alone and ways I have found to cope. It is available both in paperback and kindle form on Amazon, Barnes&Noble , BAM , and Booklocker .com. My website has urls to all these.

    The name of the book comes from the analogy that I use to compare my pain to and orchestra. Visit the website for a description.

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