Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain

Understand chronic pain, how it's treated, and what you can do to make sure you receive proper care.

Understanding Pain

Chronic Pain Affects Millions of Americans

Chronic Pain Affects Millions of Americans

Chronic pain affects about 100 million Americans. That is more than those who suffer from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.1

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Chronic Pain Is Often Inadequately Treated

Chronic Pain Is Often Inadequately Treated

Chronic pain affects people from all walks of life. However, certain patients with chronic pain are more at risk for inadequate treatment than others.1

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Why Are Some Chronic Pain Patients Inadequately Treated?

Why Are Some Chronic Pain Patients Inadequately Treated?

There are many reasons why some patients with chronic pain are inadequately treated. Knowing the reasons why and how some patients come to be inadequately treated may help improve patient care.

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Understanding the Kind of Pain You Have

Understanding the Kind of Pain You Have

Chronic pain is a warning sign that something is wrong. When you have acute pain, you know exactly where it came from. But the cause of chronic pain may not always be clear, and can be difficult to explain to your doctor.

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Taking Steps to Receive Proper Care

Taking Steps to Receive Proper Care

Safe and effective treatment for pain should include information about the treatment you are receiving, what kind of results you can expect, and any possible risks from the medicines you are prescribed. You should feel confident when talking about these issues with your healthcare provider.

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Having Pain Is Nothing to Feel Ashamed About

Having Pain Is Nothing to Feel Ashamed About

People sometimes feel too shy to express their personal and health problems to their doctor or healthcare provider. Even so, it is very important to talk about your feelings, including anxiety and depression, to help make sure you get the right care.

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Helpful Terms and Therapies


Key Terms in Pain Management

Key Terms in Pain Management

This helpful glossary will familiarize you with the most commonly used terms associated with pain and pain management, and can prove especially helpful when you are communicating with healthcare professionals.

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Pain and Integrative Medicine

Pain and Integrative Medicine

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, integrative medicine can be a very effective approach to pain management. Integrative medicine combines the concepts of mind, body, spirit, and community and supports the theory of healing rather than attempting to cure an illness. You’ll find brief descriptions of various integrative therapies, including yoga, chiropractic, biofeedback, acupuncture, meditation, and more.

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Reference

  1. IOM (Institute of Medicine). Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2011.

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