09.12.2016

“The Truth about Chronic Pain Treatments” review

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Disclosure: I was given a free book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the author. This post may contain affiliate links.  

A review of Cindy Perlin's "The Truth about Chronic Pain Treatments"

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I felt completely overwhelmed when I googled “fibromyalgia treatment.” There’s more than 4 million results!!! Like most, I initially depended on big-name sources like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes for Health for information on the best treatments for fibromyalgia. These sites were great for the basics, but as I got further into my treatment, it became evident that I wasn’t going to be cured with a pill. I knew I was going to have to take a more holistic approach to my treatment.

Cindy Perlin’s book, “The Truth about Chronic Pain Treatments,” would have been a great help to me in those early months when I was rabidly researching any and everything to help reduce my fibro pain. A chronic pain survivor, Perlin has done the hard work for us by researching the best and worst chronic pain treatments, and then organizing her findings into simple, easy-to-understand chapters. Curious if massage is good for fibromyalgia? The answer is in Perlin’s chapter on manipulative and body-based practices. Or maybe your physician recently mentioned trying neurontin/gabapentin? Perlin’s chapter on pharmaceutical treatments gives us the lowdown on which medications are most effective for chronic pain.

There are also chapters devoted to:
A review of Cindy Perlin's "The Truth about Chronic Pain Treatments"

  • Injections
  • Surgery
  • Mind/body
  • Nutrition
  • Herbs
  • Exercise
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Energy healing
  • Marijuana
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • And multidisciplinary programs

While “The Truth” isn’t focused exclusively on fibromyalgia, I used the helpful index in the back of the book to drill down to the pages most relevant for fibromyalgia. I even learned about a couple of new-to-me fibro treatments – one of which was biofeedback. After reading about Perlin’s own experience with biofeedback, it’s piqued my interest enough to consider trying it.

“The Truth about Chronic Pain Treatments” would be an excellent resource for anyone who is working with chronic pain patients, but it’s also a good reference manual for patients who want to know the best strategies for managing pain.

Interested in learning more? Visit Perlin at her website or on Facebook. Her book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Onto the giveaway …

Cindy Perlin has generously agreed to give away a copy of her book to one of FedUpwithFatigue.com’s readers. To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry form below. This giveaway is open now through Monday, Sept. 19, at midnight. A winner will be selected using Rafflecopter’s random winner picker. Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. 

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Comments

  1. The link is not working for the give away. Is anyone else having this trouble?

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      I haven’t had anyone else report a problem at this point. Maybe try a different browser?

  2. Signe Topai says:

    One book give away for millions of your readers, please! I am a true believers in the nontraditional modalities of treatment for pain however, unless your financial secure, no chronic pain suffer is going to be able to afford these treatments . Insurances companies won’t pay for it nor will your merger disability income! Information on how to advocate for change in insurance coverage and solid, proven techniques to get access to theses treatment , would be more helpful. I find the authors giveaway offending!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      With respect, Cindy Perlin does not have “millions” of readers and neither do I. If you find the giveaway “offending,” then don’t enter it. It always puzzles me why people feel the need to make negative comments. My mom always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. It was good advice everyone should follow. What point does your comment serve other than to upset people? It is pointless.

  3. At PainWeek last year, there was a fantastic speaker on biofeedback for chronic pain. Very on point. Someone had mentioned I should try biofeedback but they never explained it the right way. After sitting in on this talk, I really noted the importance. Let me dig up his information.

    Thank you for sharing this book! I had not heard of it.

  4. I was diagnosed with Fibro in 2009 and spent 5 years trying all the medicine that was recommended to fine I am allergic to all of it as well as opioids so am very limited to pain medicine. I also have osteoarthritis with no treatment there. I have 25 of the 200 symptoms I have done therapy of every kind as well as exercise, range of motion to stay limber steroid injections only to find I am allergic to every treatment every medicine I have read more baloney as far as fibro I have been in more therapy to talk that I could ever imagine so I find your site refreshing keep up the good work.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Thank you, June! You’re right, there are no cures out there, and I won’t ever BS my readers into thinking there are. Until the research discovers otherwise, at this point our focus has to be on trying to reduce/manage symptoms in small ways. I’m glad you’re finding my site useful. Gentle hugs!

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