Information and testing services for chronic pain and TMJ


Audio Program for Chronic Pain Sufferers

"Cope with Pain"


Part 1  (A and B) What You Should Know and What You Can Do

Part 2 (A and B) Treatments, Doctors and Pain Clinics-Do You Need One?

Written and narrated by Dr. Stephen Levitt, MD, PhD

     Dr. Levitt has more than 30 years experience helping people with chronic pain.  He is a former Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Liaison and Consultant to the Clinical Pain Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.  He is the author of more than 25 publications in peer reviewed scientific and medical journals and directed research programs leading to development of the widely used Chronic Pain Battery™ and the TMJ Scale™.  Dr. Levitt authored the highly successful 7 ½ hour audio training course for clinicians entitled “The Chronic Pain Patient: Theory, Evaluation and Treatment.”  Dr. Levitt is a former member of the American Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.  In addition to private practice, research and authorship, over the years Dr. Levitt has served as consultant to clinicians in many fields including medicine, dentistry and psychology.       

     In this three (3) hour audio presentation, Dr. Levitt provides information, perspective, guidance and support in an attempt to help those living with chronic pain better understand and manage this complex problem, improve quality of life and interactions with healthcare providers and the healthcare system. 

     This program teaches the essentials for understanding chronic pain and describes, in detail, what decisions and actions may be taken by patients with chronic pain to help them better manage this complex problem.  Over the years, the information in this course has been used by thousands of chronic pain patients. This program can help reduce confusion and frustration, improve self-reliance and doctor-patient communication, and lead to a higher quality of life while managing chronic pain.


Part 1 (A and B) What You Should Know and What You Can Do (1 1/2 hours)

·         The problem of chronic pain

·         A typical example

·         History and extent of the problem

·         A multidimensional problem

·         Physical, psychological, social and behavioral factors

·         Definition of pain

·         Disorders associated with pain

·         Physical versus "imaginary" pain

·         Acute versus chronic pain

·         Pain measurement

·         What determines your level of pain and suffering

·         Physiologic basis of pain

·         Naturally occurring pain killers

·         The problems of drug misuse and abuse

·         How chronic pain can affect you

·         The problems you can get into

·         Chronic pain and depression

·         The time course of chronic pain

·         Grieving

·         Some thoughts about your doctors

·         Drugs to avoid

·         Your evaluation

·         What to expect when you are referred

·         How chronic pain affects behavior

·         How to reduce pain behaviors and
          increase well behaviors

·         How to increase your activity level

·         How to use medications properly

·         Stress- chronic and recent

Part 2 (A and B) Treatments, Doctors and Pain Clinics-Do You Need One? ((  (1 1/2 hours)

·         Developing a comprehensive plan

·         What you should expect from your doctor

·         What your doctor will expect from you working together

·         Setting realistic treatment goals

·         Your relationship with your doctor

·         Reorienting your thinking about chronic pain

·         Stopping inappropriate medications

·         Medications by-the-clock

·         Identify pain behaviors and change them

·         Exercise and be active using a quota system

·         How to manage stress

·         Self help steps you can take

·         Medications review

·         How to use medications properly

·         Narcotics and addiction

·         Cautions

·         Antiinflammatory drugs

·         Sedatives and hypnotics

·         Major tranquilizers

·         Antidepressants

·         Nerve blocks

·         Electrical nerve stimulation

·         Acupuncture

·         Biofeedback

·         Relaxation exercises

·         Hypnosis

·         Individual psychotherapy

·         Group psychotherapy

·         Pain clinics and pain centers

·         Do you need a pain clinic?

·         What to expect from a pain clinic

·         Costs