Living with chronic pain is a challenge. However, you don't have to experience the pain alone. The following tips will aid you in the management of your pain. Pain can drain you physically, mentally and emotionally. Having a plan for pain management will assist you in taking an active role in your health. Lack of pain management can interfer with sleep, emotional well-being and cause depression.

Pain is an unpleasant sensation of tissue damage. It can fluctuate from mild to severe. Pain is personal and subjective. No one can experience the pain you are feeling. Your pain is real and can consume your life.

Certain factors that can influence how pain is experienced:

- The nature of the injury or illness that is causing the pain.

- A person's physical and emotional health.

- The severity and frequency of the pain.

- A person's environment.

- A person's cultural beliefs and perceptions of pain.

- A person's personality.

- A person's support from family, friends and healthcare providers.

Emotional support has the benefits of decreasing anxiety, depression and stress while increasing coping skills and social support.

Things You Will Need

- Family physician

- Pain management physician

- Online self-management program

- Support group (online and local)

Step 1

Chose a family physician that you trust. A family physician manages all your healthcare needs and has an excellent knowledge of your health. If you need a referal for a specialist, your family physician can give you a referal. You may need a referal for a pain management physician or clinic, psychologist, or testing such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI. Having your complete healthcare status managed and monitored by one physician can ensure that you receive optimum and complete care.

Step 2

A pain management physician in conjuction with your family physician can provide medications, treatments and support for chronic pain. A pain management physician can help you manage your chronic pain by providing you with tools and educational information to assist you with any health choices you may need to make. The American Pain Foundation provides information to your pain management specialist on how to live with and cope with chronic pain. You can review treatment options available at

Step 3

An online chronic pain management program such as provides you with an individualized online program to improve coping skills, reduce stress and depression while improving your emotional health. A pain management program has articles that relate specifically to your health needs and has links to online social support groups.

Step 4

An active support group for living with chronic pain can provide you with the emotional support and connects you with people who have similar conditions and pain giving you someone to relate to you. An excellent resource for finding a local support group is your local hospital. Support groups are usually during the evening hours to avoid a conflict with working hours. If a local support group isn't the right choice for you then an online support group can provide you with social support and a safe place to express yourself. Array

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