Pain Management (cont.)
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Reasons to Control Pain
Controlling your pain can help you to:
Long-term pain that isn't controlled can take the joy from your life. You may not be able to work. Physical activity may be too painful or exhausting. You may have a hard time sleeping at night, which can make you tired and cranky. Your outlook on life may change and strain your relationships with family and friends. You may become depressed and anxious. Controlling pain can help with all these things.
Many different treatments can ease pain. Medicines are the most common treatment. But to feel better, you also can try other things, such as reducing your stress level or changing how you think.
You also can try physical therapy, relaxation, acupuncture, and other ways to feel better. Talk with your doctor about what mix of treatments might work best for you.
Your treatment depends on several things, including:
If you have pain for a long time, your treatment may change over time.
Medicines to treat pain
Several types of medicines can be used to treat pain. Most of these medicines can treat more than one kind of pain. So you may need to try a couple of medicines to see which works best for you. Your doctor will work with you to find the right types and dosage of medicine. You may take more than one kind of medicine at the same time.
All medicines have side effects. For more information, see the Side Effects of Pain Medicines section of this topic.
Learn more about:
You may want to try other ways to help you relax and ease pain. These may include:
For more information, see the topic Complementary Medicine.
Stress can make pain worse. It can tighten your muscles, which can cause headaches and pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.
Try these methods to reduce stress and pain:
For more information, see the topic Stress Management.
Changing how you think
How you think can affect how you feel. You may be able to reduce your pain by having positive thoughts. You can change what you say to yourself about your pain. To help your outlook, try the methods described in these topics:
For more information, see the topic Positive Thinking With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
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