Sometimes it’s good to get a new perspective on your pain. Sure, there are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of books out there that offer advice. How do you choose?
Here is a list of 10 must-read books and resources for people suffering from chronic pain.
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, PhD; Christina A Padesky, PhD; Aaron T Beck, MD
“It’s a bit of an exercise book (behavioral therapy), and it’s great for helping us understand how we feel, and how to better control our reactions.” –Reddit
Explain Pain by David Butler
“I found it very helpful – it breaks down how our bodies experience, interpret, and feel pain, tracing from the cell level to our brain’s response. It’s all done in a quite easy to understand, and relatable manner.” –Reddit
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns
“Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns is awesome. It’s not chronic pain related but can be applied to it. He invented Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT) and this book explains how it works.” -Reddit
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide by Toni Bernhard
“Toni Bernhard shares her own powerful experience of how mindfulness practice can deeply support anyone with chronic illness.” -Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress and Restore Well-Being by Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman
“It’s said that pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. This compassionate program shows how to meet pain and reduce suffering, soften around it rather than freeze in fear, drop despair, and reclaim a full, rich life.” ―Amy Gross, former editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, now teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The Body Doesn’t Lie: A 3-Step Program to End Chronic Pain and Become Positively Radiant by Vicky Vlachonis
“As a doctor, I have helped countless patients with their pain. It is so great to find these healing techniques together in one book—I wish I had read this book years ago. Highly recommended to anyone who deals with pain or has a loved one in need of help.” -Alejandro Junger, author of Clean
Chronic Pain: Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering by Rob Prince
As a sufferer of chronic pain himself, author Rob Prince explores the spiritual aspects of pain, addressing the difficult questions and realities of a chronic condition. The reader will learn about: What the Scriptures have to say about healing; Handling the disappointment of unanswered prayers; Fighting your pain with proper diet, exercise, and stress management. In the pages of Chronic Pain, discover how to see God at work along the journey and learn ways to live fully in spite of pain.
All in My Head by Paula Kamen
“This book is a must-read not only for people who suffer from chronic pain, but for all of our friends, family, and foes. Paula Kamen, who suffers from Chronic Daily Headache, brilliantly captures the minute details of how chronic pain impacts our physical well-being, emotional health, social interactions, economic survival, and every other dimension of our lives.” Review courtesy of Loolwa Khazzoom, founder, Dancing with Pain
The Chronic Pain Solution by James Dillard MD, DC, CAc
“James Dillard shows so much compassion, empathy, and understanding, you’ll be surprised he’s a doctor! He truly speaks like one of us. What’s more, the guy is hilarious — pointing out the absurdities of chronic pain “care” in a way that will cause you to madly bob your head up and down in agreement, while laughing with tears of recognition.” Review courtesy of Loolwa Khazzoom, founder, Dancing with Pain
“Laurie Edwards speaks with a smart, sassy, and humorous tone that makes this book an easy read. From the experience of one who’s been-there, done-that, Laurie talks about how to be an empowered young woman living with chronic pain.” Review courtesy of Loolwa Khazzoom, founder, Dancing with Pain
For more book recommendations, check out the American Chronic Pain Association’s list. Do you have any other books you’d like to recommend? Comment on our Facebook page to let us know!
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