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Understanding Pain: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers

by Naheed Ali and Moshe Lewis Rowman and Littlefield
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Everyone experiences pain in some form or another at some point during their lives. Some have pain due to injury. Others experience chronic pain that can become debilitating. This book uncovers the mechanisms behind pain, how to treat it from a variety or approaches, and how to prevent it in the future.


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

[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[.]
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,,, 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