Pain Management (cont.)
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When to Call Your Doctor
Only you can tell how much pain you have and whether it's getting better or worse. Talk to your doctor anytime you have new pain, your pain gets worse, or your treatment isn't controlling your pain.
Some people may think they're weak if they tell their doctor about their pain. Or they worry that they're bothering their doctor.
You're not weak. And you're not bothering the doctor. Your doctor wants to help you. But to help you, he or she needs to know how you really feel.
Call your doctor if:
For more information, see: the topic Work Closely With Your Doctor.
Needing other people for emotional support is a normal part of life. You may have to lean on family and friends if you're getting over an injury or surgery or if you live with pain much of the time.
It can be hard sometimes to ask for help. But don't be afraid to reach out. Other people can help you—and they may be eager to help. Along with your family and friends, you can seek support from:
For more information, see the topic Support Groups and Social Support.
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