What is chronic pain management?

Chronic Pain Management
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What other things can help with chronic pain?

You can manage chronic pain by using things other than medicines or physical treatments. For example, you can keep track of your pain in a pain diary. It can help you understand how the things you do affect your pain.

Reducing stress and tension can reduce pain. And being more aware of your thought patterns can be helpful. In some cases, shifting how you think about pain can affect how you feel.

Here are some options to think about:

  • Breathing exercises and meditation. These techniques can help you focus your attention, relax, and get rid of tension.
  • Guided imagery. This is a series of thoughts and images that can focus your attention away from your pain.
  • Hypnosis. It's a state of focused concentration that makes you less aware of your surroundings.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of counseling helps you change your thought patterns.
  • Yoga. Stretching and exercises can reduce stress and improve flexibility.

If what you're doing to control your pain isn't working, or if you're feeling depressed, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you change your pain management plan and find resources for emotional support.

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