It’s normal to have a lot of questions about your pain. If you’re not sure what to do, you can find information online or ask your healthcare provider.
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Having a support group or counselling can help you feel less alone. Talking to others can also make you feel more in control and reduce the stress of having chronic pain.
You can also get a booklet called The PainPathways Magazine Toolkit that’s full of simple practical advice on how to manage your long-term pain. You can download it from the British Pain Society’s website or look out for it in your local pharmacy.
Sometimes the best way to cope with chronic pain is to find ways of doing things that make you happy. This could include taking up a new hobby, going to a class, getting a pet or socialising with people in your community.
Tracking your pain
Keeping a log or journal of your daily “pain score” can help you keep track of your pain levels between doctor visits and helps you work with your healthcare provider to make the most of your treatment plan. Having a regular appointment with your healthcare provider can also give you more opportunity to discuss your pain and other concerns about your health, including your medication.
Counselling can help you to learn new coping skills and avoid negative thoughts that make your pain worse. It can also reduce your risk of depression.