Chronic Pain: A tough condition; a tough discussion
Chronic and constant pain can ruin your life
If you are one of the 1 in 5 Americans suffering from chronic pain, you know how debilitating pain can truly be.
What have you lost? What impact has pain had on your quality of life? Yet so many people feel that pain is an inevitability of their disease process. They may have had a miscommunication about pain and expectations in the past when discussing pain with a healthcare provider.
If you suffer from chronic pain and would like to have a discussion with your healthcare provider, try these techniques at your next appointment:
1. Tell your physician the level of your pain on a scale of one to ten:
1 being the least, or barely noticeable,
5 being that the pain bothers you to a degree but you can work through it for most activities,
7 being that it impairs many…
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