For People
Living With Pain

Managing Your Pain

Do you keep an updated notebook? Do you have a discussion ready when you visit your doctor? Below you will find a collection of tools to help you communicate better with your healthcare professionals, as well as the latest information on effective pain management with resources from Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health, Mindful magazine, and more.

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Tools to Help People Living With Pain

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Pain Notebook

The Global Pain InitiativeTM offers this tool you can use to learn more about pain and help identify the location and type of pain you’re experiencing, so you can better describe it to healthcare professionals.

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Talking With Your Doctor About Pain

A helpful guide to prepare patients for their next appointment. It helps healthcare providers get the right information they need to best assist each patient.

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American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Management

This downloadable guide combines practical clinical experience and the most recent scientific information, presented in an easy-to-read format for both patients and healthcare professionals.

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Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Approaches

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School:
Pain

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Pain articles on how to manage pain, pain therapy, and discussions on pain that occurs in various areas of the body. Patients can sign up for HEALTHbeat, a free e-newsletter with resources and blogs.

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American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine:
The Specialty of Chronic Pain Management

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Answers to common questions about the different healthcare professions that specialize in pain management, outlining what they do, how to choose a specialist, and what to expect at your first appointment.

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Mayo Clinic:
How to Use Opioids Responsibly

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Information on the responsible usage and disposal of opioids, as well as information on what to expect when starting and stopping an opioid medication.

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NIH News in Health:
Managing Pain—Moving Beyond Opioids

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A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health. It has articles on managing pain, dealing with pain responsibly, links to other helpful articles, latest and past issues, and related stories. This selection is from the October 2018 issue.

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Mindful Magazine:
Using Mindfulness to Cope With Pain

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An overview of how mindfulness and compassion practices can help people living with pain and those who care for them.

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Practical Pain Management:
Chronic Pain Care: Can Mindfulness Play a Role?

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Mindful people seem to feel less pain, according to a recent study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Learn more about mindfulness, and how it helps people manage pain and other ailments.

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Cleveland Clinic: How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Relieve Pain as You Age

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Changing your diet and adopting other healthy habits can have a dramatic effect on pain symptoms. This overview from the Cleveland Clinic provides the basics on how regular exercise, controlling stress, and eating healthy foods can work together to reduce inflammation and chronic pain.

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