Suggested reading list
There are many self-help books available about managing pain, and
more are published each year. Some are written by people who have
pain, and some by people who work with those affected by pain. All
the titles below have been recommended to us. They are currently
in print and should be available from most book shops.
1. Overcoming Chronic Pain.
Frances Cole, Helen Macdonald, Catherine Carus & Hazel
Howden-Leach (2010) London: Robinson ISBN 978-1-84119-970-2
This book uses cognitive behavioural
therapy techniques to help reduce the experience of pain.
Amongst many aspects it explores practical ways to improve
sleep and relaxation, shows you how to become fitter and pace
your activities and looks at ways to maintain healthy relationships.
2. Manage your pain. L
Beeston, A Molloy, M Nicholas & L Tonkin (2011) London:
Souvenir Press ISBN 9780285640481
A very helpful book for people living
with pain who want to learn more about pain management techniques
which they can use. It is informative, but as the authors
are Australian, you shoule be aware that it refers to their
health service provision rather than the NHS
3. Managing Pain Before It Manages
You (3rd Ed.) Margaret Caudill (2008) New York: Guilford
Press. ISBN: 978-1-59385-982-4
This popular workbook teaches coping
skills proven to decrease the discomfort, depression, and
anxiety associated with chronic pain. Through hands-on exercises
and homework assignments, readers are helped to understand
the pain process, learn about medications and their effects,
and recognize factors that exacerbate or relieve pain. Also
included are a wealth of helpful ideas on coping with pain
flare-ups, staying active, accomplishing personal goals, and
4. "Living with Chronic Pain".
A CD or cassette tape produced by Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Neil Berry. Please send a postal order or cheque made out
to "Pain CD" for £4.50 to PO Box 84, Blackburn,
BB2 7GH. Alternatively you can purchase online at: www.paincd.org.uk.
Please indicate whether you require CD or Cassette.
A series of Tapes: Coping with Pain, Coping with Headaches
and Migraine, Coping with Back Pain, Feeling Good (assertiveness
and self-esteem). Available as a pack of 3 or individually.
Produced by Talking Life (Wendy Lloyd Audio Productions),
in conjunction with the Pain Relief Foundation, Walton Hospital,
Liverpool. Details from Talking Life, PO Box 1, Wirral, CH47
7DD Tel:0151 632 0662 www.talkinglife.co.uk
5. Pain Toolkit - Pete Moore
The Pain Toolkit
is a simple information booklet that could provide you with
some handy tips and skills to support you along the way to
manage your pain.
A copy of the Pain Toolkit can be downloaded
For further information please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Explain pain - David S. Butler
and G. Lorimer Moseley (2003)
Noigroup Publications, ISBN-10: 097509100X and ISBN-13: 978-0975091005
Cost £44 available from http://www.noigroup.com/en/Product/EPB
or try UK Public Library loan.
This book does exactly what it says
on the cover 'Explain (the science of) pain' in very easy
layman's terms using empathy, intelligence, cartoons and humour.
British Pain Society Patient Information
The British Pain Society aims to produce contemporary guidance,
supported by available evidence, on clinical and other pain
matters. Most British Pain Society guidelines have an accompanying
information for patient leaflet. Documents are updated three
yearly to incorporate relevant new information.
To view the list of Patient Information publications, please
The British Pain Society and its Patient Liaison Committee
has put together a list of UK-based organisations, many voluntary,
that specialise in helping people affected by pain.
To view the list of useful addresses. please click