Recommended Reading


The following books are highly recommended for pain patients to read. This list includes numerous books for pain management, whether general or for specific pain conditions, as well as books explaining the science of pain.


  1. Chronic Pain For Dummies. By Stuart Kassan, Charles Vierck & Elizabeth Vierck (2008).
  2. The Mindfulness Solution To Pain: Step by Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management. By Jackie Gardner-Nix (2009).
  3. Coping Successfully with Pain. By Neville Shone (2002). Sheldon Press (UK).
    - A short, readable book on the principles of pain management. Very practical suggestions and recommendations.
  4. Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. By Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst (2009).
  5. Pain: The Science and Culture of Why We Hurt. By Marni Jackson (2003).
    - A well-written book by a journalist in the style of a novel or documentary that provides insights into the psychology of pain and treatment experiences.
  6. Pain: The Science of Suffering. By Patrick Wall. Orion Publishing Company.
    - Also for the educated layman, a follow-up on The Challenge of Pain. The science of pain in considerable detail.
  7. Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain. By Dr Susan Evans with Deborah Bush (2005).
    - A book written by a female gynaecologist for women. It provides explanations and advice on how to manage these forms of pain.
  8. The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life. By Dennis Turk and Frits Winter (2006). American Psychological Association (US).
    - Authored by one of the most important pain researchers in the past 30 years, this book contains useful information on pain “myths” as well as practical strategies for managing pain.
  9. Striking Back: The Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Handbook. By George Weigel and Dr Kenneth F Casey (2000). Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (US).
    - Deals specifically with face pain, but contains some useful chapters on coping with pain in general.
  10. The Challenge of Pain. By Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall. Penguin Books.
    - Not an “easy read”, nor a “how to manage pain” book, but an excellent resource on what pain actually is and how the body processes it.
  11. ReWire Your Brain. By John B Arden (2010).
    - How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life. Based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence–based practices.