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Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief, Second Edition

How to manage, reduce and control chronic pain

Barbara K. Bruce Ph.D, and Tracy E. Harrison, M.D.

  • Learn how to set SMART goals, and stay in control
  • Understand the role of injections and pain devices
  • Read about the benefits and risks of medication



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of U.S. adults used one or more prescription pain medications in the past 30 days.

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief, Second Edition offers practical guidance from Mayo Clinic pain doctors for understanding, treating and managing chronic pain. They explain why pain occurs in the body and why some people respond differently than others. The doctors cover the latest self-care strategies, drugs, and alternative and complementary therapies. They explore medical advances for better pain relief and shares the latest information for treating arthritis, migraines, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and painful illness and injury. In this book, the doctors lay out the take-charge approach to managing chronic pain practiced at Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center.

2014 • 286 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Barbara K. Bruce Ph.D

Dr. Bruce is the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center, a multidisciplinary program that encompasses adult and pediatric pain rehabilitation programs. Dr. Bruce is a psychologist in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and an associate professor of psychology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

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Tracy HarrisonTracy E. Harrison, M.D.

Dr. Abril is chair of the division of rheumatology and co-medical director of the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia Treatment Program in Jacksonville, Fla., a multidisciplinary program for treating fibromyalgia.

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