Table of contents for Your pain is real : free yourself from chronic pain with breakthrough medical treatments / Emile Hiesiger with Kathleen Brady.


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1 UNCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF CHRONIC
PHYSICAL PAIN
The Chronic Undertreatment of Chronic Pain              3
Pathways of Pain: How Your Body Gets the Message        4
How Your Body Modulates Pain Naturally                  5
How We Think About and Feel Pain                        9
Variations in the Way We Perceive Pain                 10
When the System Runs Amok: Sensitization               11
Referred Pain: Why the Cause Is Not Always Near the Effect  13
Test-Negative Pain: When the Cause Can't Be Seen       14
Key Points in Getting Your Pain Correctly Diagnosed    16
2 CONTROLLING PAIN WITHOUT MEDICATION
OR SURGERY
Lifestyle Changes                                      18
Nonmedical Pain Management                             25
Alternative and Complementary Medicine                 33
Key Points About Nonmedical Pain Management            38
3 MEDICATION IN THE TREATMENT OF PAIN
The Challenge of Finding the Drug That Works           41
Treating Pain with Narcotics                           50



Methods of Delivery                                     58
Medication and Aging                                    61
Key Points About Medication for Pain                    63
4 HEADACHES FROM HELL AND OTHER PAINS
ABOVE THE NECK
Migraines: Stop Pounding on My Head                     65
Cluster Headaches: Get That Ice Pick out of My Eye!     69
Tension Headaches: Please Loosen the Headband!          71
Rebound Headaches: The Cure Is Killing Me               71
Post-traumatic Headaches                                72
When to See a Headache Specialist                       73
Atypical Facial Pain                                    75
Jaws: Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)            76
Head Trauma                                             78
Key Points About Head Pain                              84
5 TREATING PAINFUL MUSCLES, BONES, AND JOINTS
Myofascial Pain                                         85
Spasms and Cramps                                       88
When Painful Muscles Signal a Deeper Problem            89
The Enigma of Fibromyalgia                              90
Osteoarthritis: Wear and Tear on the Joints             92
Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Body at War with Itself       94
Osteoporosis: The Pain of Disintegrating Bones          95
Key Points About Musculoskeletal Pain                  100
6 YOUR ACHING BACK: PAIN FROM HEAD TO TOE
How Wear and Tear Creates Pain                         104
Low-Back Pain                                          109
The Diagnostic Challenge of Back Pain                  114
Evaluating Your Treatment Options                      115
Treating Back Pain with Surgery                        124
Key Points About Back Pain                             128



7 THE NERVE OF THAT PAIN: NEUROPATHIC PAIN
Painful Twitch: Trigeminal Neuralgia                 131
A Tangled Mass of Nerves: Neuromas                   135
Diabetic Neuropathy                                  137
The Neuropathic Pain Syndromes of AIDS/HIV           139
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS):
The Black Hole of Neuropathic Pain                 141
Pain Following Shingles: Postherpetic Neuralgia      146
The Spider's Painful Web: Arachnoiditis              149
Pain from Damaged Nerve Roots                        150
Stroke or Spinal-Cord-Injury Pain                    151
Phantom-Limb Pain                                    152
Key Points About Neuropathic Pain                    157
8 PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF PAINFUL
SPORTS INJURIES
Sprains and Strains                                  159
Overuse Injuries                                     161
Stress Fractures                                     163
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries            164
Spinal Injuries                                      166
Injuries to Nerves                                   167
Headaches                                            169
Basic Prevention and Treatment                       170
Key Points About Painful Sports Injuries             172
9 GYNECOLOGIC PAIN
Recurrent Pelvic Pain                                175
Chronic Pelvic Pain                                  176
Key Points About Gynecologic Pain                    183
10 REDUCING THE PAIN OF CANCER
Pain Following Surgery                               187
Radiation Therapy                                    189



Chemotherapy                                           191
Treatment with Corticosteroids                         192
Treatment with Narcotics and Other Drugs               193
How Cancer Affects the Body's Response
to Pain Medication                                   198
Lesioning Nerves to Relieve Pain                       198
The Cancer and Pain-Management Team                    201
Key Points About Cancer Pain                           203
11 How TO GET AND PAY FOR THE BEST
TREATMENT FOR PAIN
Getting the Most from Your Health-Insurance Plan       209
Finding the Best Doctor                                210
Key Points About Finding the Best Care                 218








Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Chronic pain Popular works