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Chronic Pain (cont.)

Controlling Chronic Pain

It is not always possible to completely get rid of chronic pain. The patient's goal may be simply becoming able to perform more normal activities of daily living than before.

  • The doctor may ask the patient to rate the pain on a scale from 1 to 10.
  • It is also helpful to report whether it is possible to go to work, go shopping, exercise, sleep, or have sexual intercourse.
  • Sometimes, the only measure of effectiveness of treatment is that a patient can do certain things that were not possible before the treatment started. This is what the doctor needs to know in order to make decisions about the patient's treatment.
  • If nothing else works for the patient's pain and the doctor is unwilling to use opioids to control the pain, consider asking for a referral to a pain specialist or a pain clinic.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Carcione, DO; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology


The American Chronic Pain Association.

World Health Organization. WHO's pain ladder. Chronic Pain Management.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2015

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