SUGGESTED READING

Click on the book's cover to see price and ordering information. Pain News Network receives a small amount of the proceeds -- at no additional cost to the buyer -- for orders placed through Amazon.

If there is a book or publication that's helped you manage chronic pain and might help others, let us know.

Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Investigative journalist and back pain sufferer Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent six years looking at the pros and cons of surgery, opioids, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and other types of treatment for back pain. Her conclusion? You're better off with a structured exercise program. 

Finding Reasons to Smile by David Fraser

David Fraser shares what it is like to live through years of chronic back pain and migraines, and how multiple surgeries, injections and medications only made his pain worse. David finally found relief through meditation and gentle breathing exercises -- and learned how to manage his pain by focusing on the positive things in life.

 

The Painful Truth by Lynn Webster, MD

Pain specialist Dr. Lynn Webster shares the inspirational stories of patients struggling with chronic pain, and examines the benefits and risks of opioid medication, the importance of caregivers, and how patients can have fulfilling lives even in the worst pain situations. The Painful Truth offers a path toward awareness, hope and healing.

A Nation in Pain by Judy Foreman

Award-winning health journalist Judy Foreman spoke with doctors, scientists, policy makers and patients for her sweeping account of the chronic pain crisis in America. Foreman examines possible solutions -- such as better pain education in medical schools -- and the misguided demonization of opioid medication and pain sufferers.

The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit by Beth Darnall, PhD

Pain psychologist Beth Darnall offers ten simple steps to relieve pain without the use of opioids, including ways to "quiet" pain through meditation and stress reduction. The book includes an innovative 20-minute CD that uses binaural sound technology to help listeners relax and "deamplify" pain signals.

No Grain, No Pain by Peter Osborne

An expert on gluten sensitivity and food allergies, Dr. Peter Osborne explores how a grain-heavy diet can cause chronic pain by triggering an autoimmune system response. He offers a 30-day, grain-free diet plan to help readers "heal yourself from the inside out."

Broken Body, Wounded Spirit by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD

Fibromyalgia sufferer Celeste Cooper and co-author Jeff Miller offer practical advice on coping with pain in a series of books modeled after the four seasons of the year. They explore integrative pain therapies and offer daily bits of wisdom to help readers overcome the challenges of living with chronic pain.

Aunt Barby's Invisible Endless Owie by Barby and Tim Ingle

PNN Columnist Barby Ingle wrote this children's book with her brother Tim to help his kids better understand what it's like to have a friend or loved one with chronic pain. Explaining chronic pain to young children is difficult, because the cause of the pain often isn't visible.

It Hurts like Hell! by Ellen Lenox Smith

PNN columnist Ellen Lenox Smith was in the prime of her life when she suddenly had trouble walking, swimming and working. It led to a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos syndrome -- a progressive, disabling and incurable disease that affects connective tissue. How Ellen learned to accept her painful condition and still enjoy life.

A Pained Life by Carol Levy

PNN columnist Carol Levy writes about her 30-year struggle to live with and fight against the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic facial pain disorder known as the "worst pain known to man." Carol fought for years just to get a proper diagnosis and to overcome skepticism by medical professionals and her own family.

The Pain Companion by Sarah Anne Shockley

PNN Columnist Sarah Anne Shockley examines how chronic pain is a complex condition that affects every aspect of our lives. Her book offers practical tips and meditative exercises to help readers relieve their emotional, mental and physical pain.

Color Away the Pain by Jack Plaxe

An adult coloring book inspired by a group of women with chronic pain who use coloring for its therapeutic benefits. Their beautiful illustrations are interspersed with their stories about living with pain. All royalties from the book donated to the Chronic Pain Research Alliance.

You Don't Look Sick! by Joy Selak and Steven Overman, MD

Joy Selak wrote this book with her rheumatologist, Dr. Steven Overman,  to describe the difficult social aspects of living with an "invisible" disease. They discuss and recommend strategies for living with the four phases of chronic illness: Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance, and Living Well.

The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments by Cindy Perlin

Clinical social worker and chronic pain survivor Cindy Perlin reviews the safety and effectiveness of many alternative pain therapies, such as herbs, exercise, medical marijuana, lasers and acupuncture. She also looks at how organized medicine may be keeping you from getting the care you need.

Paindemic by Melissa Cady, DO

Osteopathic physician Melissa Cady believes opioids should not be a first-line treatment for chronic pain, and that there are many other unnecessary and risky interventions that provide little benefit. She advocates an "antiPAIN lifetstyle" that focuses initially on physical therapy and exercise.