People with pain

A selection of leaflets and books about pain that people who live with pain may find helpful in understanding and managing their pain problem.  The list was last updated in October 2007.  See also the useful websites section of the site.

Patient information leaflets

The Back Book

by Martin Roland, Gordon Waddell, Jennifer Klaber-Moffett, Kim Burton & Chris Main.

This is a concise guide to the best available advice for back pain. It is full of simple, easy to remember messages and can be ordered through the publisher's website for £1.25 plus P&P

The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain. Information booklets, written by the staff of the Pain Relief Foundation and endorsed by The Walton Centre Pain Team can be downloaded or ordered from the website:

Please also see the website section below as several organisations have their own patient information leaflets on their websites.

Useful books

Manage your Pain

by Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin & Lee Beeston.

This is a well written, excellent all-round coverage of pain management methods, for patients and professionals. It costs £9.74 plus p&p from

Overcoming Chronic Pain

by F Cole, H Macdonald, C Carus, H Howden-Leach

This is another well written book on self help methods available from for £6.49 plus p&pCoping Successfully with Pain by Neville Shone.v

This is a personal description of how his chronic pain developed, and his experiences of going to a pain management programme and using the methods to improve his life with pain.
It is a paperback that can be ordered from a range of bookstores and online booksellers.

Living with Chronic Pain

by Neil Berry.

This is a listening version of pain management methods which is well explained and easy to follow. You can get it on CD or tape costing £4.50 including p&p available from
or directly from: Pain CD, P O Box 84, Blackburn BB2 7GH

Pain, the Science of Suffering

by Patrick Wall.

This is a readable explanation of the complexities of pain by a world authority. This retailed at £14.99 and while it seems to be out of print, there are usually many copies available at

Explain Pain

by Lorimer Moseley and David Butler

This book explains the complexities of the pain system and what happens when pain goes on for longer than we expect. It was written for both clinicians and patients and is full of colourful illustrations to explain quite difficult concepts. It gives suggestions on how to put this knowledge towards managing pain problems.
It can be ordered from the following website for £34.50 plus P&P

Painful Yarns

by Lorimer Moseley

This book is a collection of amusing stories from the authors own experience to explain modern pain biology. At the end of each story, there is a section "so what has this got to do with pain?" in which the author uses the story as a metaphor for some aspect of pain biology.
It can be ordered from the following website for £10.00 plus P&P

The Pain Relief Handbook

by Dr Chris Wells & Graham Nown

Self help methods for managing pain. Published by Vermillion Press. It is recommended by the Pain Society.

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