Managing Pain

Missing out hurts most of all

Chronic pain can make it difficult to do some of the activities you love. Sometimes, pain can make it hard to get out of bed.

Your healthcare provider may suggest some medicine to help with the pain. You may also ask him or her for other ways to help find relief from pain, such as:

  • Put ice on the sore part of your body to numb the pain
  • Heating pads can relax sore muscles
  • Regular exercise can be good for joint and muscle pain
  • Acupuncture or massage may pinpoint sources of pain and inflammation
  • Hypnosis or meditation may help manage your pain
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy may help you manage pain through specific exercises and stretches
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Talk to your healthcare provider about what activities you want to be able to do and what goals you want to reach. Your treatment options can be built around your personal goals.

Food and pain management

Some foods may cause inflammation or other reactions in your body that are linked to your pain. Ask your healthcare provider if there are any foods you should avoid or eat more of to help manage your pain.

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