The Pain Epidemic

The Pain Epidemic

A Guide to Issues, Symptoms, Treatments, and Wellness

Don Goldenberg


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Internationally-recognized pain expert Don Goldenberg helps readers better understand the intricacies of chronic pain through the lens of personal stories, including his own.

One out of three Americans lives with chronic pain. Pain is the number one reason we seek medical care and accounts for 40% of doctor visits. Chronic pain is the most common cause of work loss world-wide. The yearly cost of chronic pain in the United States is between $560-$630 billion, higher than that of heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.

Despite this, physicians and the public are woefully ill-informed about chronic pain. The litany of self-help books available to the public are largely misleading, quick-fix, junk-science. Although there is a major push to better inform primary health-care providers on chronic pain, they have been provided no authoritative treatment of the subject.

The Pain Epidemic provides the latest medical information and pathways to better understanding and treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Don Goldenberg, an internationally known expert on pain, here discusses such hot topics as the opioid epidemic, mind/body interactions in chronic pain, and gender bias, as well as the role of cannabis and new potential pain treatment. Interested readers will come away with not only a better understanding of the pain epidemic but of pain itself.


Don Goldenberg:
Don Goldenberg, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Adjunct Faculty, Departments of Medicine and Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland OR, where he resides. Dr. Goldenberg has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals covering many areas of arthritis, rheumatology and chronic pain. His book, Fibromyalgia, A Leading Expert’s Guide to Understanding and Getting Relief from the Pain that Won’t Go Away (2002), sold more than 20,000 copies in the US and the UK. He received the Marion Ropes Lifetime Achievement Award, Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation, in 2008 and was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology in 2009. He is the Section Editor for Pain Disorders in Rheumatology, Up to Date. Dr. Goldenberg has been included in each edition of The Best Doctors in America and selected as one of the “Best Doctors in Boston” by Boston Magazine. His medical expertise has made him widely sought out for commentary on national and local television. He’s been interviewed on the “Today” show and “Good Morning America” and his work on chronic illnesses has been covered in the New York Times, The Boston Globe and the New Yorker.