chronic pain can be challenging. And it may take several types or combinations of
treatments before you find relief.
Be sure to seek treatment if your pain lasts longer than 2
to 3 months. Early treatment may prevent the pain from getting worse.
The goals of treatment are to
your pain and increase your ability to function.
This includes improving your sleep and your coping skills and reducing
stress so you can return to your regular activities.
It's important to build a clear
treatment plan with your doctor. Part of this plan
includes identifying ways for you to manage your pain. Only you know the
severity of your pain and how it affects your life. Be
sure to ask your doctor if you are not clear about what steps you can take when
pain occurs or gets worse.
Chronic pain treatments
may be able to control your pain at home by using pain relievers and practicing healthy habits. For more information, see Home Treatment.
When home treatment isn't enough, other treatments may include:
- Pain medicines or medicines to treat problems that are linked to chronic pain. For more information, see Medications.
- Treatments such as counseling, physical therapy, and complementary therapies. For more information, see Other Treatments.
- Surgery, such as intrathecal drug delivery and spinal cord stimulation. For more information, see Surgery.
chronic pain is not relieved after you have tried
numerous treatments, you may want to think about going to a
pain management clinic. Treatment is provided by a team of doctors who work
together to address all the factors that may cause your chronic pain.