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Did you know?

More than 130 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.

Chronic pain is a serious problem  that shouldn’t be ignored. If you are experiencing chronic pain, it’s important to discuss your physical and emotional symptoms related to your pain with all your health care providers.

Managing chronic pain can be a challenge for both the patient and the health care provider. Keeping your HCP updated with your symptoms and the efficacy of your pain management program is essential for treating chronic pain successfully.

Chronic pain can affect a patient’s strength, balance, and ambulatory independence. It can also affect a person’s mental wellbeing, causing emotional stress that may lead to depression.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, there are a few things you can do to help you manage.

  • Make sure you get plenty of quality sleep, physical activity within your limits, and eat a wholesome diet. Stefanie Sacks MS, CNS, CDN, our 2016 Patient-Centered CMT Summit Keynote Speaker, is a firm believer that small changes in food choices can make big differences in our health. Check out her book What The Fork Are You Eating for more guidance on how to make healthier food choices.
  • Find support with family, friends, or within your community to help you keep a positive attitude and healthy mindset. Stop by our Inspire online support community and share your experiences.
  • Meditation and yoga can help decrease the intensity of pain and ease tensions. A consistent yoga practice can help reduce stress, bringing harmony and balance to the body, mind, and spirit.

What’s your top tip for managing chronic pain?

Please share in the comments below!