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TitleLiving a healthy life with chronic pain
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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Copyright Page
1 Overview of Self-Management and Pain
2 Becoming an Active Self-Manager
3 Finding Resources
4 Understanding and Managing Common Symptoms and Problems
5 Using Your Mind to Manage Pain Symptoms
6 Pacing: Balancing Activity and Rest
7 Exercise and Physical Activity for Every Body
8 Exercising for Flexibility, Balance, and Strength
9 Exercising for Endurance and Fitness: Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity
10 Communicating with Family and Friends
11 Communicating with Your Health Care Professionals
12 Sex and Intimacy
13 Healthy Eating
14 Healthy Weight Management
15 Managing Your Medicines
16 Medicines and Treatments for Chronic Pain
17 Making Treatment Decisions
18 Managing Specific Chronic Pain Conditions
19 Managing Angina Pain, Coronary Artery Disease, and Related Conditions
20 Planning for the Future: Fears and Reality
Appendix: Helpful Hints for Everyday Living
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In the doctor-patient partnership, your most powerful tool is the question. Your
questions can help you to fill in important missing pieces of information and
close critical gaps in communication. Asking questions is part of your active
participation in the process of care, a critical ingredient to restoring your health.
Accessing answers you understand is a cornerstone of self-management.

Be prepared to ask questions about the diagnosis, tests, treatments, and
follow-up not just about your pain but about all your symptoms or other health
concerns. Use the following guidelines to ask the right questions:

Diagnosis. Ask what’s wrong, whether there is a known cause, if it is
contagious (for example, if you have an infection), what the future outlook
(prognosis) is, and what can be done to prevent or manage the condition.

Tests. If the doctor wants to perform tests, ask how the results are likely to
affect treatment plans and what will happen if you are not tested. If you decide
to undergo a test, find out how to prepare for it and what it will be like. Also
ask how and when you will get the results.

Treatments. Ask if there are any choices in treatments and the advantages
and disadvantages of each. Ask what will happen if you are not treated (see
Chapters 15 and 16).

Follow-up. Find out if and when you should call or return for a follow-up
visit. What symptoms should you watch for, and what should you do if they

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Body Mass Index (BMI), 238, 239
Body Mass Index (BMI) Guide, 237
common challenges of gaining weight, 249–250
common challenges of keeping weight off, 248
common challenges of losing weight, 246–247
decision to change weight, 238–239
exercise and weight loss, 244
healthy weight and, 236–238
how to make changes, 240–242
other resources, 250
suggested further reading, 250
weight classifications and body mass index, 239–240
what is a healthy weight, 236–238

Wellbutrin®(medicine), 275
Writing, 95–96

Yahoo, 38
YMCA, 122, 159
Yoga, 122, 146–147, 278
Yogurt, 228
YWCA, 122

Zanaflex®(medicine), 269
Zestril®(medication), 318
Zocor®medicine), 318
Zostrix®(medicine), 274
Zumba, 162
Zytram®(medicine), 269

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