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Back in Control, 2nd Edition

A Surgeon's Roadmap out of Chronic Pain
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Seattle spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked: you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. More than any other book about pain, Back in Control reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery, with or without surgery. Dr. Hanscom shares the story of his own journey out of chronic pain and offers a treatment paradigm that has evolved from his personal experience, as well what he has learned from his patients, hundreds of whom have moved beyond managing pain to becoming pain free. This book will enable those suffering from chronic pain to regain control of their care and life.

This revised second edition reflects the last few years of neuroscience research. It is becoming increasingly clear that the brain processes mental and physical pain in a similar manner. As anxiety drops, pain will diminish. Dr. Hanscom has observed that these principles apply to any chronic pain condition.

©2017 David Hanscom, MD (P)2017 David Hanscom, MD

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One of the best books on pain I’ve read

A fantastic explanation of pain science combined with actionable tips. One of my favorite books I’ve ever read on chronic pain. Can’t recommend enough.

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Educational

Very interesting. Well narrated. It's nice to hear a medical doctor acknowledge that many surgeries are performed to generate profit - not help the patient. I wish the author would have taken more time to address the issue of herniated discs. This was a glaring omission.

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Full of contadictions and a negative tone

I really wanted to like this book, but I found it to be full of contradictions. As in "don´t speak about your pain" and on the same note "don´t repress your pain". "Neuropathways are forever" and "you can change your brain". It´s all over the place.

I have read a lot of other books on the same topic, and I have to say that this one did only one thing for me - made me scared of my pain even more. This is because of all the explanations about when surgery is needed, How (in the author's opinion) neuropathways of pain are forever and the endless negative tone in the book. I found the extensive talk about surgery, the author's own and his former patients, to bring a negative tone to the message. It´s like he wants to say that surgery isn´t necessary, but it is. Very confusing.

I found it not helpful at all and would not recommend it to anyone. Unlearn your pain is a way better book on the exact same topic that I would recommend.

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Excellent!

Hanscom makes a similar argument to Ozanich in his book "Back Pain", but Hanscom has scientific insights about emotion and pain. Then Hanscom includes dozens of stories from patients and his own experience (not testimonials, but interesting and varied examples of how different life experiences can lead to suppression and then physical pain), which give hints as to how anxiety or anger or other feelings actually can cause to indirect pain. Hanscom gives an abundance of clinical examples of patients who had terrible physical structure with no pain or healthy physical structure and extreme pain; thereby releasing the reader's prejudices that chronic pain must be physical in nature. This is a highly insightful book, efficiently and elegantly making the point and allowing readers to discover connections with pain, physical causation, and indirect causation.

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Exciting information

I too have had 4 back surgeries and still am in chronic pain. I am starting to take the steps outlined in his book. I’m very grateful for Dr Hanscom willing to write this book. The information can be life changing. I encourage everyone to read this- even if you don’t have chronic back pain you surely know someone who does. How wonderful if we can have an effect on our own health management rather than let big business make costly mistakes and decisions for us in money, time and our personal quality of life. Thank you Dr Hanscom. Wish I had found this before my own long battle with chronic pain. Yet I’ll start anew today!

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helpful to any chronic situation

Dr. Hanscom's approach gives one knowledge, power and actions to take immediately and if done, effectively. this had been so helpful to me. I highly endorse!

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Must read for People in Pain

This book is empowering! You can be in control of your medical path and your pain management. Read it, even if you are sceptical.

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Great Alternative to Pain Therapy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Chronic pain management needs alternatives from surgery and opioids. This is an excellent option from these.

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Just in the nick of time ....

So incredibly validating and with all the tools and methodology to execute a non surgical plan. Thank you doc.

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Back in Control

Great guide to add to my counseling addressing those with chronic pain. I recommend it as self help as well.

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  • Bryan Beattie
  • 02-21-19

life changing

this book is incredible, as someone who has had chronic pain for eight years, the ideas in this book are refreshingly new and different. it really does have the power to help