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Fear of pain can be a barrier to a better life.

  • Pace yourself. Know your body; read the signs and signals it’s giving you.
  • Talk with your doctor about a plan for breakthrough pain to help you be prepared and give you more confidence.
  • Some activities may temporarily increase your pain, such as exercise or physical therapy, but may be beneficial for you.
  • Managing your chronic pain is essential. This does not mean getting rid of your pain. Taking too much opioid medication can interfere with independent living.
    • Opioids can make simple activities both difficult and dangerous (including walking and driving).
    • Some medications mask pain making it easier for you to overdo it.
    • Here is a link to ways to manage pain without using opioids.
    • Here is a link to non-opioid medications.