Chronic pain is a common medical problem shared by roughly 100 million Americans-close to one third of the U.S. population. In the past few decades there has been an alarming trend of using prescription opioids to treat chronic pain. But these opioids-the main prescribed analgesic-come with hidden costs, and this book reveals the ramifications of their use and provides a low or no-risk alternative. Armed with the right information, you can make informed decisions about your pain care. By appreciating the risks and limitations of prescription opioids, and by learning to reduce your own pain and suffering, you will gain control over your health and well-being. Each copy includes Beth Darnall's new binaural relaxation CD, Enhanced Pain Management.
Reviews: “What we forget is that opioids don’t simply dampen pain, they dampen everything—joy, energy, memory, social interactions, personality, life itself. If you want to fully experience life, you can—even if you have chronic pain — but not if you let opioids rule. Read this book and learn how to take back what you may have lost.”—Jane C. Ballantyne, MD, Professor of Education and Research; Director of the Pain Fellowship, University of Washington
"Every person with chronic pain can benefit from self-empowerment and the opportunity to reduce the need for drugs or medications. Dr. Darnall offers a critical review of chronic pain management and a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to self-empowerment — and to living with chronic pain in a manner that promotes as much personal wellbeing as is possible, ideally with fewer drugs and less pain.”—Philip Pizzo, MD, former dean and the David and Susan Heckerman Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
"Pain is a difficult symptom that is often over-treated by opioids, which in themselves lower the quality of life. This book gives great real-world examples and tips on how to avoid this vicious cycle. Beth Darnall is a leading expert in her field and has helped thousands of people with pain.” —Kate Lorig, Dr. PH, Director and Professor Emeritus, Patient Education Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine
"This book is a wonderful guide to help those suffering from chronic pain to not only understand the pitfalls of long-term opioid use, but more importantly to return to good health and everyday life activities. Dr. Beth Darnall’s Less Pain, Fewer Pills offers readable and understandable advice to manage pain successfully while avoiding ineffective and harmful treatments, especially with opioids. For those suffering from unrelenting chronic pain, here is the guide that will make a difference.”—Steven D. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Board Certified, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Board Certified, American Board of Pain Medicine, past-president, American Academy of Pain Medicine
"Dr. Darnall writes clearly and with empathy, and her balanced approach will help anyone struggling with chronic pain. This book provides patients with the tools they need to take back control of their pain and their lives without having to rely on pain medications.”—Roger Chou, MD, associate professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control over Chronic Pain Paperback