Some diseases and injuries can cause pain that lasts a long time. You don't need to live with uncontrolled pain. A pain management plan helps you find ways to control pain with side effects you can live with.
There are things you can do to help with pain. Only you know how much pain you feel. Constant pain can make you depressed. It can cause stress and make it hard for you to eat and sleep. But there are ways to control the pain. They can help you stay active, improve your mood, and heal faster.
Your plan can include many types of pain control. You may take prescription or over-the-counter drugs. You can also try physical treatments and behavioural methods. Some medical treatments also help with pain. For example, radiation can be used to reduce pain from bone cancer.
You and your doctor will work to make your plan. Be sure to read it often. Change it if your pain is not under control.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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