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Managing Pain Before It Manages You

Fourth Edition

Margaret A. Caudill
Foreword by Herbert Benson

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Join the hundreds of thousands of readers who have found help and hope for getting their lives back from chronic pain in this empowering workbook. Top pain specialist and physician Margaret A. Caudill spells out 10 steps that can radically change the way you feel—both physically and emotionally. Dr. Caudill provides state-of-the-art information about the causes and treatment of pain and guides you to:
The fully updated fourth edition incorporates important advances in pain management and mind–body medicine. It features new content on mindfulness; a “Quick Skill” section in each chapter with simple exercises that can have an immediate impact; updated supplementary reading and resources, including smartphone apps; and more. At the companion website, you can access the audio tracks and download and print additional copies of the worksheets.

“The strategies in this book can be utilized with individuals of all ages who happen to suffer from a chronic pain condition….This book is priced very reasonably, is written very clearly, and has just the right amount of detail….Recommended to anyone with chronic pain or to any family dealing with and experiencing chronic pain.”

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

“Caudill has developed a clinically tested program recognized throughout the world. Her program for chronic pain has been scientifically proven to significantly lessen anxiety and depression, as well as anger and hostility....The book is user-friendly, providing practical advice in an engaging fashion. Those who have used this approach report that in addition to lessening their suffering from pain, they have learned how to apply its principles to other aspects of their lives. They communicate better, have a more positive attitude, and frequently achieve other elusive health goals. Overall, they report having gained more control over their lives.”

The Pain Clinic (on the revised edition)

“This very complete manual on how to manage one's own chronic pain will be a very useful adjunct to psychotherapy whenever a patient is struggling with long-term pain despite a physician's care....I would recommend this book to anyone whose practice will find them in relationship to others with chronic pain, be they physicians, psychologists, counselors, nurses, or other practitioners. It would be very useful as an adjunct text in a graduate clinical psychology course on the treatment of chronic pain, cognitive behavioral therapy, or rational emotive therapy, among others.”

Psychological Reports (on the revised edition)

“This book does not just provide excellent content; it is also structured to motivate people and is written in a manner that seems to invite learning....I recommend this volume without hesitation both as a self-help book for chronic pain sufferers and as an important source of treatment information for professionals who may wish to become more knowledgeable about chronic pain and its treatment.”

Journal of Pharmaceutical Care in Pain and Symptom Control (on the first edition)

“The reader gets the sense that the author has great understanding of the experience of living with chronic pain....Very practical suggestions are given.”

Disabilities Studies Quarterly (on the first edition)

“This book presents a well-defined and clearly articulated program designed to teach persons who live with pain how to manage pain and feel more in control of their lives....Occupational therapy practitioners who work with this population should find this book appealing and useful. It is practical and offers clear materials to reproduce and use in group and individual sessions....This book should fit nicely as a valuable resource in any occupational therapy department." (on the first edition) —American Occupational Therapy Association “For over 20 years, this book has been the premier guide for managing pain. Now in its fourth edition, it is by far the best and most up-to-date step-by-step pain management manual on the market. Dr. Caudill’s time-tested program really works. Chock-full of practical advice and tools drawn from years of clinical experience, this is an invaluable resource for everyone who wants to take back control of their life.”

—Robert N. Jamison, PhD, Departments of Anesthesia and Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“With wisdom and compassion, the fourth edition of Managing Pain builds on its timeless core with new insights from emerging research. I have been referring to and highly recommending this book for years. It can help you feel and do better, thrive despite the persistence of pain, and harness the power of the human spirit to restore joy and hope.”

—Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, clinical nurse specialist for pain relief, Massachusetts General Hospital

“If you suffer from chronic pain, this book is an absolute must! It not only addresses practical issues, but also respectfully acknowledges and addresses the heavy emotional burden. Dr. Caudill's book is our most powerful tool for clients with chronic pain.”

—Maureen Theberge, RPsych, and Diana Gudim, RPsych, Viewpoint Counselling Psychology, Calgary, Canada

“When I first began using the program described in this compassionate book more than 20 years ago, I was suffering from migraine headaches that left me incapacitated—barely able to care for my family or myself. The program alleviated my anxiety and emotional stress and taught me ways to decrease my symptoms and function better. I continue to use the skills to this day.”

—Gerry R., Massachusetts

“This book is a gem that has endured the test of time. Dr. Caudill doesn't promise a cure, but delivers a powerful message about how to reclaim a life interrupted by pain. She is the consummate clinician who lends a compassionate perspective to a very challenging medical problem.”

—Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, APRN, FAAN, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston; nurse practitioner, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

“Anyone who applies the principles in this unique book will have improved function and quality of life. The updated fourth edition is now even better. I recommend this book to almost all of my patients with chronic pain.”

—Gilbert J. Fanciullo, MD, MS, Director, Pain Management Center, Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center

“I appreciated the tangible tools in this workbook. It was so positive and productive for me to learn how to track my symptoms and identify patterns, and to try the effective techniques Dr. Caudill explains.”

—Dawna C., New Hampshire

Table of Contents

- Foreword, Herbert Benson

- Preface

- Before You Begin: How This Book Can Help You

1. Beginning to Take Control of Your Pain

2. Understanding Pain

3. The Mind–Body Connection

4. The Body–Mind Connection

5. The Power of the Mind

6. Adopting Healthy Attitudes

7. Nutrition and Pain

8. Effective Communication

9. Effective Problem Solving

10. The End of the Beginning

Appendix A. Common Chronic Pain Conditions

Appendix B. Complementary Alternative Medicine

Appendix C. Working Comfortably at a Computer, Nancy L. Josephson

Appendix D. Managing Osteoarthritis Pain with Medicines: A Review of the Research for Adults

Appendix E. Electronic Resources

Appendix F. Worksheets and Other Materials



About the Author

List of Audio Tracks

Audio downloads:

Ocean Sounds (19:57)

Safe Place (21:47)

Pain Control (21:21)

About the Author

Margaret A. Caudill, MD, PhD, MPH, is a board-certified internist and a Diplomate of Pain Medicine. For more than 30 years, Dr. Caudill has worked to improve the lives of people with chronic illness through medical treatments that address both mind and body. She has researched and written extensively on mind-body medicine and lectures internationally on the biopsychosocial treatment of pain. She is Instructor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center's Pain Management Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Clinical Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and The Dartmouth Institute.


Anyone who suffers from chronic pain. Also of interest to health care and mental health professionals who want to expand their pain management toolkits.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Third Edition, © 2009
ISBN: 9781593859824

Revised Edition, © 2002
ISBN: 9781572307186

First Edition, © 1995
ISBN: 9780898622249