There is no one-size-fits-all solution for Americans who live with chronic pain. The causes of pain vary from person to person and the therapies that will bring relief are many and diverse. However, self-management and self advocacy has proven universally helpful for people living with chronic health challenges.
Self-managing pain doesn’t mean simply taking matters into your own hands, medicating or abandoning your relationship with your doctor. Rather, self-management includes defining your personal goals for treating pain, acting as your own advocate with your doctors, and overseeing the integrated efforts of your team of health care providers.
Chronic pain can be disabling for one in three people who experience it. Effective self-management of chronic pain encompasses all aspects of one’s life, from working with your doctor to identify treatments, to making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, exercising and eating well.
In its report on chronic pain, the Institute of Medicine emphasizes the importance of self-management.
“Pain management takes place through self-management, primary care, specialty care and pain centers. However, the majority of care and management should take place through self-management ...” The report calls for health care providers to educate people with chronic pain and their families on the value of self-management and effective strategies for achieving it.
For help in treating chronic pain and adopting pain self management techniques, contact Franklin Pain Center.
Palatka Daily News