Chronic Pain

GENERAL INFORMATION:

What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is pain that does not get better for 6 weeks or longer. There are many causes, including nerve or muscle pain, arthritis, infection, or a fracture. Chronic pain may hurt all the time, or come and go.

How is chronic pain diagnosed? Your caregiver will try to find the cause of your pain. He will ask where your pain is, what it feels like, and when it started. He will ask how your pain is affecting your daily life, your mood, and your sleep. He will also ask about health problems that may make your pain worse.

How is chronic pain treated?

What else can I do to manage chronic pain?

What do I need to know if I take narcotic medicine for chronic pain?

When should I contact my caregiver?

When should I or someone close to me seek immediate care or call 911?

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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