There are many people in the world who live with chronic pain — defined as pain that lasts longer than six months and is not improving. It can be a debilitating condition that impacts your life and your ability to function normally.

Why is pain a problem?

Taking steps to improve the way you manage pain is essential. It may help you feel more in control of your pain, which can lead to better pain management outcomes and increased quality of life.

The key is to be as honest as possible about your pain. Tools such as the FACES (Five-point Ache and Confusion Scale) allow you to rate your pain intensity from 1 to 10. This Link :

When you are able to tell your healthcare provider what your pain level is, they can help you find ways to reduce or manage it. This can include avoiding certain movements or behaviors, modifying your work or activity schedule, and finding ways to cope with your pain in a way that works for you.

If you have a partner, it’s important to understand that they also have pain and be empathetic about the situation. They may be struggling with a different pain issue and you can offer support and empathy in the best way that you know how.

You can also help them by asking them what makes the pain worse or provokes it. It may be as simple as a certain movement, eating, or applying pressure to the area of pain.