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What are you doing to manage your pain?

Below are some of the methods people use to deal with ongoing pain. Which ones have you tried?

Taking drugs Distracting yourself Looking for information
Modifying your home Homeopathy Taking time off work
Resting Trying to relax Using braces or aids
Seeking a clear diagnosis Massage Chiropractic treatment
Seeing your GP Other alternative treatments Complaining
Denying you have pain Asking for help with tasks Stopping painful activities
Seeing another doctor Exercise Looking for the answer
Pacing activities Surgery Hydrotherapy
Acupuncture  

You can also download and print the list from the What are you doing to manage your pain chart (PDF 108 KB) and shade the boxes in to give them a score out of five if you want to see your results written down.

These methods aren’t necessarily good or bad – some of them are effective for some people, while some of them certainly aren’t. You don’t need to use this list as a guide to methods you should try.

If this list doesn’t capture the things you’ve done, you might like to create one of your own. Some methods may come from the list above but you may have others.

When you have your list, ask yourself the following questions about each method:

  • Has doing it honestly helped your pain in a lasting way?
  • Has it helped you to live the kind of life you want to live, especially in the long-term?

These may look like the same thing, but they’re not – you may have experienced a treatment that reduced your pain but which didn’t help you to join in activities better. Does your answer for some of your methods differ depending on how you ask the question?

You should also consider whether the method paid off in terms of providing you with the ability to do more of the things you most want to do compared with the time and energy you gave to it. If it did, you might like to try this method more often. If not, you might like to change your approach.

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