Chronic Pain Treatment
Often times, getting treatment for chronic pain can be a long journey. There is no single treatment or approach to successfully treating chronic pain any more than there is a standard person with chronic pain. Rather, there are various different types of treatment options. Because chronic pain affects so many people there are many products and services claiming to help people with chronic pain. People with chronic pain spend a lot of money trying to resolve their condition with products or services. Many of these products or services have little or no value or have not been rigorously tested. But there are also credible products, services and self-management techniques that are effective in helping people better cope with chronic pain.
Note: If you are searching for treatments and health information on the internet, make sure you look at our guidelines for finding trustworthy information and discuss anything you find there with your doctor.
The following are treatment options that are proven to be effective in helping people with chronic pain.
Before undertaking any of these treatments, you should talk with your doctor about what options might work well with your existing treatment.
Communicating with Your Doctor
Many people find it hard to talk frankly and openly with their doctors. But doctors aren’t mind readers and speaking up is an essential part of being a responsible patient. Dr. Donald Cegala at the University of Ohio developed a program called PACE to help patients communicate with their physicians.
PACE stands for:
Presenting the doctor with detailed information about how you are feeling.
Asking all those questions you’ve kept in your mind. Often, it helps to write down a list of questions before the visit.
Checking the information the doctor gave you to ensure you fully understand your condition and treatments.
Expressing any concerns or fears you may have about a medication or treatment or anything else.
Check for PACE workshops in British Columbia hosted by the Division of Health Care Communication at the University of British Columbia.