Chronic Pain Management

Do you or someone you care about live with chronic pain? These are some things you can do to help manage pain.

Manage your stress. Chronic pain can cause anxiety and worry. This can make it more difficult to manage your pain. Try a fun activity like reading or drawing to help you to relax.

Deep breathing also helps some people to relax. Click here to learn and practice deep breathing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRPh_GaiL8s

 Click here to learn more about ways to relax: https://www.cdc.gov/features/copingwithstress/index.html

Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can make your pain worse. A good night’s rest can also help you to have more energy during the day. Click here for information on getting better sleep: https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/index.html

Stop smoking. Smoking can make your pain worse. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Click here for help to stop: https://ashline.org/ or call the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline 24/7 at 1-800-55-66-222

Practice healthy eating habits. Good nutrition can help you stay healthy and strong. Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Be sure to ask if there are foods you can avoid to reduce your pain. Click here for information on healthy eating: link to https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Stay active. Exercise can reduce your pain. You don’t have to join a gym to exercise. Try stretching at home or taking a short walk. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program. Click here for more information on physical activity: http://www.azdhs.gov/topics/index.php#healthy-living-physical

Pay attention to your mood. Living with chronic pain can be hard. Some people may feel depressed or notice a change in their mood while living with pain. Talking to other people who have pain can help. Therapy can also be helpful for changes in your mood. Cenpatico Integrated Care can connect you with therapy in your area. Call Cenpatico customer service at 866-495-6738 or TDD/TTY at 877-613-2076.

If you are a friend or family member of a person with chronic pain, you may need support too. Click here for information for caregivers: https://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/developmaterials/audiences/olderadults/tipsforcaregivers.html

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