Pain management - Self-help

The best way to help yourself is to be actively involved in the management of your pain problem.

Finding out more about why people have persistent pain can help you to make some sense of it.

Your doctor should be able to explain things in a way that you understand, but there are many other sources of information.

Talking things through with the doctors and other staff caring for you will help them to come up with a plan that suits you and is most likely to help.

You should think of yourself as an expert in your problem - you'll get more benefit from being involved, rather than just waiting for things to happen to you.

If you start new drugs, you should do your best to take them, unless they make you feel more unwell; it doesn't usually help to skip doses to see if you can manage without.

If you are worried about any drugs you should speak to the doctor who prescribed them.

Often, when you have a long-term pain problem, it's difficult to summon the energy for even the most basic activities.

We know that increasing activity levels slowly is usually a good thing for people in pain.

Your doctor will advise you if there are things you should avoid.

Taking some form of exercise, even just a short potter round the garden, is good for you and your overall sense of well-being.

Simple things like eating well and trying to have good sleep habits can also make a difference.

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