A significant portion of the adult population suffers from debilitating chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, chronic headache syndromes, neuropathies, or other painful conditions. People contending with chronic pain often spend considerable time, energy, and money searching for answers and visit multiple doctors, trying anything to find relief. When the source of pain is unclear or difficult to diagnose, their experiences are additionally frustrating, exhausting, and depressing.
Paintracking offers a hands-on approach to improving life with chronic pain, whatever the underlying cause. As a sociologist, psychotherapist, and someone with firsthand experience with chronic pain, the author understands the challenges that accompany pain and has devised realistic strategies to fare better.
Paintracking provides a systematic method that empowers individuals to navigate the otherwise overwhelming array of treatment options and incorporate the effective ones into their lives for continued, incremental progress. Its cornerstone is a self-study tool that enables readers to improve. Readers are instructed on how to track and interpret their experience, whether using a pen and paper or the online Paintracking tool offered as a companion to the book. By cultivating awareness of how their body responds in different situations and to different therapies, readers will become capable self-advocates, able to make informed choices.
Written in clear, understandable prose and filled with sociological insights, therapeutic lessons, practical tips, and empathy, Paintracking offers realistic hope to individuals who often feel hopeless in the face of confusing, debilitating pain.
"...Although Barrett does not promise an end to pain, her encyclopedic guide to leading a satisfying life will help readers tame what she calls 'pain’s cruel whims.'” More at Publisher's Weekly
"When I was asked to review this book I had thought that I’d be able to skim read it but as I started to read I knew that this was impossible as I felt, as I was reading, that this book was written for me. Having Fibromyalgia I was able to identify with so much in the book and found myself so engrossed in what I was reading that I wanted to read and devour every line..." More at Fibromyalgia Association UK
"Your first response to the title Paintracking might be, “Gee, I don’t want to track my pain. I try to run the other way!” But hold on. What you’ll find is a wonderful book on creating your own plan for more comfort and better living. My thanks to Deborah Barrett for writing this excellent resource!..." More at How-to-Cope-with-Pain
"Anyone living with chronic pain knows the frustration and depression that comes with ongoing bouts of bad days interspersed with a few good days. They wish for more good days but often have no idea what triggered them and don’t have the mental energy to keep a regular pain diary. Barrett, a fibromyalgia sufferer shows how chronic pain can be better managed through use of a personalized paintracking system that rates fatigue, energy levels, pain intensity and overall experience along with a few other telling factors..." More at Monsters and Critics
"VERDICT: This wide-ranging, well-written book aims to empower readers and will be of interest to chronic pain sufferers, caregivers, and health-care professionals. An in-depth look at how individuals can help themselves, this book is a powerful motivator and can help support significant life changes. Highly recommended" More at Library Journal Reviews (scroll down)
"Psychotherapist Barrett’s compendium of all things necessary to live a full, rewarding life despite suffering chronic pain ..." More at Booklist
"As a person living with chronic pain (migraines), I am very familiar with self-help books currently on the market espousing advice and pain management tips...Paintracking is a perfect source for chronic pain sufferers, caregivers and health care professionals." More at Portland Book Review