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Living With Chronic Pain

Are you living with chronic pain? Take heart! From maximizing your medication regimen to improving your health in general, or even trying complementary therapies (like massage, deep breathing, or acupuncture), there are now more ways than ever to manage your pain.


A Painful Life

You've lived with pain for a long time. You've come to learn, and possibly even accept, that pain will likely be your constant companion for the foreseeable future. What next? It's easy to live with chronic pain; many people do. However, living well with chronic pain is quite another story. This article will discuss some of our most helpful suggestions for living well with chronic pain.

Like Minds

If your friends and family accept that your chronic pain is real and not "all in your head," consider yourself lucky and count your blessings. However, even the most supportive and understanding friends and family will never truly understand how chronic pain affects every aspect of your being, unless they have experienced chronic pain as well. Here is where support groups (even online communities) really shine. Talking with others going through similar painful situations can be a huge relief, and support groups can be a wealth of invaluable real-life information.
Be careful to guard your hopes, though, and understand the limitations of anecdotal evidence. Hearing about a friend's miraculous pain relief from the latest nutritional supplement may leave you yearning to try it too, only to have your hopes dashed. Be willing to give reasonable suggestions a try (with your healthcare provider's approval and supervision), but understand that what works for one person may not work for another.
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