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How to take control: self-management and pain

Written by: Joanne Zeis
Reviewed by: Emil Chiauzzi, Ph.D., January 2008

How to take control: self-management and pain

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1

Bob’s Story

2

Self-Management – A New Way of Thinking About Pain Treatment

3

Are You Ready for Self-Management?

4

Monitoring Your Pain

5

Taking an Active Role

6

Problem-Solving

7

Making the Most of Your Support

8

Does Self-Management Work?



Learning Goals

You’re about to read a lesson about “self-management” – but what does that term mean?


Self-management means taking care of yourself and your needs, in a healthy way. A person with self-management skills understands how to keep track of her symptoms and treatments. She also knows that her thoughts and actions can change how her illness behaves on any given day.


In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn the main ideas and importance of self-management
  • Learn the skills behind self-managing your pain
  • Learn how self-management works hand-in-hand with the care offered by health care professionals