- Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain © 2014. | Beth Darnall, PhD | Includes a guided, binaural relaxation audiofile and CD
- The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016. | Beth Darnall, PhD | Easy-to-read, practical application of pain psychology skills. Includes a guided, binaural relaxation audiofile and CD
- The Pain Survival Guide © 2005 | Dennis Turk, PhD and Frits Winter
- The Chronic Pain Care Workbook © 2006 | Michael Lewandowski, PhD
- Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain © 2015 | Sandra LeFort, Lisa Webster, Kate Lorig, et al.
- Managing Chronic Pain Before It Manages You | Dr. Margaret Caudill, 4th Edition 2016
- Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach | John D. Otis Phd, 2007
- Chronic Pain Survival Guide: Reclaiming your life | Dennis Turk PhD and Fritz Winter PhD, 2006
- APS/AAPM Opioid Guidelines | Chou R, et al. Opioid Treatment Guidelines. Clinical guidelines for the use of chronic opioid therapy in chronic noncancer pain. Journal Pain 2009, Vol 10, No. 2: 113-120.
- Bethdarnall.com features extensive information on pain psychology. Visit the site to view free educational videos, listen to free podcasts (go to the “press” page), and read her blog posts.
- Follow on Twitter ( @bethdarnall) for daily educational posts and links to information on new pain science and treatment, and upcoming events.
- American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)’s site http://theacpa.org is dedicated to peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain. Their website includes free pain management tools (print and electronic), local support group information, and a resource guide for chronic pain treatments.
- The Pain Toolkit, https://www.paintoolkit.org/, offers a wealth of pain self-management resources for free or for nominal cost. Website includes videos and other resources for patients and specific resources for medical clinicians.
- Pain Research News, https://www.relief.news, offers a pain science round-up of current findings and breaking news in the world of pain research and treatment.
- Pain Management Without Opioids: My Story by Joanna Pallardy
- American Academy of Pain Medicine | http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/ and http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/organizations/
- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids (March 2017) | https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm
- Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it! (5:00)
- What Is Pain Catastrophizing? (6:53)
Mindfulness Meditation is evidence-based treatment for chronic pain. It involves helping calming mind and body, and learning to release the mental focus on pain that happens automatically. Research shows that mindfulness and meditation techniques work by changing how your brain responds to pain, thereby reducing pain intensity. Learning mindfulness and meditation can help you reduce your pain. Here are some resources to help you get started:
- FREE Mobile Relaxation App: Breathe2Relax (from the Department of Defense)
- “Enhanced Pain Management” Audio CD and MP3 file (20min) Binaural audiofile by Beth Darnall, PhD includes diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and autogenic training
- Free Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): 8 week course
- Free Mindfulness App and Guided Meditations
- Free Guided Meditations (English and Spanish)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Pacifica – Anxiety, Stress, and Depression Relief
- Mood Tools – Depression Aid
- Chronic Pain Tracker Lite
- Pain Diary & Forum – CatchMyPain
- Other relaxation apps:
- Habit Bull
- Insight Timer
- Universal Breathing – Pranayama Free
- Headspace: Guided meditation and Mindfulness
- Brain & Nerves: Human Nervous System
- Pillbox (nursing app)
- American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) | Patient advocacy group focusing on peer support and education for chronic pain patients and their families. Site includes free pain management tools, local support group information, and a resource guide for chronic pain treatments. Large medication user guide (prescription and over the counter medications) is very comprehensive and easy for patients to understand and apply.
- The US Pain Foundation