- In dealing with pain that has become chronic, it is important that each individual takes an active role in helping to manage their symptoms.
- Rather than relying on others for input, it is important to learn what they can do to help themselves,
- Only the individual with the symptoms, can truly monitor the changes in their condition, can identify changes, and
- Thus effective management of chronic pain means learning how to better control body responses, their daily activities and functioning.
- As explained previously, there may be need to integrate a variety of strategies to deal with the many facets of chronic pain.
- Every individual is unique. Their response to their pain will be unique – sometimes it might be a process of ‘trial and error’ to see what treatment or interventions do or do not work.
- Relying on others to manage your pain may only lead to ongoing disappointment and depression.
- These sessions are designed to teach you how to better manage your persistent pain symptoms, to better control your life.