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  I had nothing else to do while I was stuck in bed, so why not read!  These books really helped me get ideas beyond what I was hearing from doctors and helped me feel much more in control of my own back pain and recovery.   I've included links to books about back care and books about dietary changes that helped my back.


7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain
by Craig Kubey (Contributor), Robin A. McKenzie
Treat Your Own Back by Robin A. McKenzie

These fantastic books contain easy instructions that help you heal your own back. My physical therapist was trained in this technique & having the book at home to refer to helped me understand what she was doing in therapy & helped me remember the exercises once I got home.


Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection
by John E. Sarno

I was a little skeptical about this book, but I've heard that it really worked for a lot of people (including a friend of a friend and Howard Stern), and since the advice is purely psychological, not medical, I figured there was no way that I could hurt myself by following the advice. I read it and did get some improvement, but it wasn't a miracle cure for me.


The Chronic Pain Solution : Your Personal Path to Pain Relief
by James N. Dillard M.D. and Leigh Ann Hirschman

This book did a fantastic job of blending the best of traditional medical techniques and more new age treatments like acupuncture, tens, and bio-feedback.  I thought it presented a really balanced approach, describing how each treatment works along with its strengths and weaknesses so that I could make my own decisions.


Diet and Nutrition books

Some people think that having a lot of saturated fat in your diet can reduce circulation and lead to degenerative disk disease so I switched to a cholesterol friendly diet (probably a good overall change anyway :). I also found that I could focus on eating anti-inflammatory foods (and cut out foods that cause inflammation) to reduce my pain. It really worked for me. I read a bunch of different diet books and figured out my own diet based on what I learned. Here's what I read:

Top Pick: Foods That Fight Pain : Revolutionary New Strategies for Maximum Pain Relief
by M.D. Neal Barnard

This book was a huge help in identifying the "culprit" foods that were contributing to my pain and with helping me choose foods I could eat more of in order to help reduce my pain.

It was also really nice to have something that I could control myself (i.e., not prescription medication) that impacted my back pain.


The Complete Fat Flush Program
by Ann Louise Gittleman

This program is low in saturated fats, high in fiber, and I found it easy to follow.  I loved the smoothies in the morning & actually liked drinking cranberry juice instead of regular water throughout the day. 


The Perricone prescription
by Nicholas Perricone

Dr. Perricone recommends an anti-inflammatory diet because of the benefits for your skin, but I found that it helped reduce my pain (and I really did get compliments on how great my skin was looking!)


The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete
by Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., and Jo Robinson

My husband's cardiologist recommended this book to him.  The diet advice is great, but the book is a bit scientific.


The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
by Arthur Agatston

One of the most popular diet books on the market today - top of the NY times bestseller list for weeks.  My husband's cardiologist was the first to recommended this book to us, but since then we've heard from many people how much they love this easy to follow diet


  I have no relationship with these books, authors, or publishers I describe and I created this site purely to inspire others to go take control of their own back care and to provide some ideas to discuss with your doctor.  If you find this website useful, please add a link to it from your website or blog.  
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