And thank you.
I am glad that you have found your way here.
I have set up this website to give you some useful information about chronic pain (mostly neck, back, shoulder, headache and fibromyalgia pain). I sincerely hope that this website can help make your life even a little easier.
My name is Michael MacDonald. I am a psychologist with a special interest in helping people with long-term or chronic pain. I love my job. I get to meet very interesting people from all walks of life. Pain and injury can affect anyone, at any point in their lives. So, I never know who will walk into my office next.
I get to spend a lot of time with each person.
In this way, I can really get to know their injuries, their pain and how it has affected their lives.
It is not easy coming to see a psychologist when you have physical injuries and pain. Most people don’t really know why they were referred to us. Most people are not sure there is any point to even showing up. To help them feel comfortable, I usually start by explaining what I do.
First, I explain that if you have short-term pain, you would never end up coming to see a psychologist like me. If your pain settles down within a few months, you can return to your normal life. Not much stress is involved.
If your pain and injuries continue, month after month, with little improvement, then the stress starts to build. Maybe your work is disrupted and you are having trouble getting benefits. Maybe your pain and limitations interfere with your family life and your spouse and children are having difficulties coping with the extra load on them. Worst of all, the stress caused by your injuries and limitations may be wearing you down, disrupting your sleep and making it harder for you to cope with your never-ending pain. At this point, you don’t even know where to start getting your pain, and your life, back under control. This is where I can help.
If you live in pain, or know someone who does, you know that nothing is more important than pain relief. It is an absolute top priority.
Good information about chronic pain is also important. It is a necessary part of trying to regain control over your pain and your life. I have tried to pack this website with detailed information that can really help you. I also invite you to send for a FREE booklet, A Simple Survival Guide for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. It is easy to do. Just click the button on the left side of this page.
If you live in pain, you know that long-term pain can cause serious damage. Almost every part of life can be affected: marriage and family, work, sleep, financial security and the everyday quality of your life. In addition to pain relief, this website is devoted to helping people in pain rebuild their lives.
With this website, I also want to introduce you to a new book I have written, Unbelievable Pain Control: How to Heal and Recover from Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia.
Some Interesting Benefits
In this book, you will learn about:
Pain control that is truly unbelievable
Pain control without extra medications
How to get doctors and insurance companies to believe in your pain
How to gain control of your pain and your life
New ways to reduce the stresses caused by your pain
Ninety percent of my patients, over the past 20 plus years, have been individuals with chronic pain. My days are spent listening and learning from people like you. This is where my best ideas come from. I wrote Unbelievable Pain Control so that I could share these ideas and methods with you and with the millions of people that live every day in pain.
Spouses and family members can also learn about chronic pain and fibromyalgia from this website (and this book). Often they need help as well, for themselves, and to learn how best to help you.
I do hope that these materials and book can help give you a little
comfort and help.
Yours with care,
Michael R. MacDonald, Ph.D.
Unbelievable Pain Control
is really three books in one.
BOOK ONE tells the amazing story (based on true events) of a dentist who willingly undergoes major surgery, without anesthesia. Three patients in a chronic pain program hear about this story, unexpectedly encounter this fellow patient, and learn methods of pain control that help them with their chronic pain.
BOOK TWO reveals the ideas and methods that each patient has learned from their doctors, and from each other, as they progressed through the hospital pain program. You will learn simple truths about chronic pain, hidden keys for pain control and healing, and ways to speed up your own recovery.
BOOK THREE shows you how today’s top doctors and scientists are helping people with chronic pain. You will learn about doctors in pain, amazing international organizations, and the world’s top pain researchers. Most importantly, you will understand how to make these new and exciting discoveries work for you. Please see the link for the Table of Contents, on the right side, for more details about Unbelievable Pain Control: How to Heal and Recover from Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia.
Dr. Michael MacDonald
Dr. Michael R. MacDonald is a psychologist
who has devoted his career to helping people with severe and disabling forms of chronic pain and fibromyalgia. He is well known for his caring approach, his deep understanding of how chronic pain affects peoples’ lives, and for his work as an expert witness in court.