Can we interest you in a short feature story or an interview with Dr. Liza Leal about the how people can manage chronic pain better?
Dr. Leal is available for interview by phone and can answer questions by email.
Her newest book, Living Well with Chronic Pain A Guide to Taking the First Steps, oﬀers a medically proven approach which is vitally important to nearly one third of us (more than 100 million people in the US) if we are to minimize pain and maximize enjoyment in every area of our lives.
For Immediate Release – Available for Interview
Special feature story inquiries, unique topics, or email Q & A’s appreciated and happily obliged. Dr. Liza Leal is available for interviews. Review copies of her new book are available upon request.
Review copies, color photography and interviews are available upon request.
Living Well with Chronic Pain – The Choice You Have to Make
Chronic pain comes in a wide variety of forms and the causes are many. Recent studies show that nearly one third of us – – more than 100 million Americans each year, suﬀer from back pain, joint pain, arthritis; neck and muscle pain, headache and other types of recurrent pain.
People who suﬀer from chronic pain often fall into a downward spiral of self-pity, depression, and inaction. They feel like they are being drowned in a whirlpool that saps all their strength. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Dr. Liza Leal, a physician in Houston, Texas is one of the nation’s leading experts on managing chronic pain. She has just published a new book titled Live Well with Chronic Pain.
“Most people who suﬀer from chronic pain,” she says, “learn very quickly that total reliance on pain killers is not the answer. Primary care, — a quick visit to the doctor followed by a course of readily available medications, is not usually enough to provide eﬀective and long-lasting relief.”
“You are not powerless,” she says. “You must realize that you have a series of major choices to make and ﬁrst and foremost is that YOU have to choose to live well.”
Dr. Leal believes that there are important things people can do physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially to manage their pain.
“You are the primary manager of your pain and your physician is your most knowledgeable ally,” she says. And once you realize the power of choice, you can start addressing the real facts and the many viable options that are available to you.”
Dr. Leal believes that knowledge is power. Her book describes the three tiered approach she reﬁned over many years of clinical practice:
“Learning to live well means learning how to become a more eﬀective pain manager. And that, in turn, involves learning more in three main areas:
Improve Your Knowledge of General Health Principles – Learning all you can about matters such as proper nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, sleep, and also—very important for good health—how to motivate yourself and keep a positive mental outlook.
Identify and Learn About Your Particular Condition – Sit down with your doctor and ﬁgure out whatever condition may be causing your chronic pain. Then learn all you can about how you can deal with that condition to alleviate the pain caused by that condition. Read, take seminars, do a ton of Internet research, talk with other people, join support group – get out there and learn all you can.
Create Your Individual Action Plan – Now face the facts and create a plan that identiﬁes a series of steps you can take every day. You might realize that you need to do something about your weight. You might want to start exercising or stretching every day. You might want to go on a reasonable diet and develop an exercise plan. Learn what factors aﬀect your pain and what pain management methods work best for you.
Dr. Leal ﬁnds that the people who are most successful at reducing pain level do so after focusing on improving important bodily functions such as circulation and overall cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and mobility.
“These are the most important ﬁrst steps,” she says. “You draw a line for yourself, and then learn eﬀective techniques to keep you walking that line.”