At a time when opiate use is being questioned as a symptom management tool for chronic pain, Dr. Abaci opens his new book with the challenging (exciting) thought that medications of any sort are not the key to living successfully with chronic pain.
Dr. Peter Abaci is a certified anesthesia and pain management specialist and author who serves as the Medical Director and cofounder (with Dr. John Massey) of the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos, California. As important as his professional credentials is his patient cred – Dr. Abaci lives with chronic pain as the result of a serious knee injury. His search to find effective treatment for himself led to the application of the biopsychosocial approach to pain management which encompasses a holistic view of the causes and consequences of chronic pain and provides practical means for improving quality of life for those living with chronic pain.
Conquer Your Chronic Pain explores what works, and what doesn’t in an easy-to-read conversational style that will inspire you to rethink your pain management strategies. Each chapter informs you about a key aspect of managing chronic pain: from the physiological changes that keep your brain stuck in a pain-perceiving mode to the elements of personality and thinking that reinforce pain to the social and political issues that foster reliance on partly effective treatment approaches. His three “R’s” plan of Restoration, Recovery and Relief addresses the key obstacles to pain reduction in ways that could free you from dependence on medications. If you are ready to be empowered and take charge of your pain, this book will show you where and how to make the changes that will benefit you most.