9 Tips for Living with Pain
Managing Chronic Pain
Patients who actively participate in their health and focus on healthy lifestyles can manage their pain sucessfully.
9 tips for managing chronic pain
- Discuss your pain concerns with your doctor.
- Learn as much as you can about your diagnosis and condition.
- Build in rest breaks, exercise and relaxation times into your daily schedule.
- Learn how to relax through deep breathing and other stress management techniques.
- Set achievable goals and don’t overdo it on good days. Pace yourself.
- Engage in positive self-talk (e.g., "I feel energetic and strong").
- Decrease or eliminate alcohol consumption. Pain often disrupts sleep, and alcohol can further disrupt the sleep cycle. Alcohol should not be taken with most medications prescribed for pain.
- Join a chronic pain support group that focuses on education and advocacy.
- Quit smoking. Cigarettes decrease circulation and can impede healing and are a risk factor in the development of many diseases that are associated with chronic pain.
For more information on coping with pain, please visit the American Pain Society.