have tests to find out if a medical problem is causing the pain. Your doctor
may check for problems with your
nervous system and may order blood tests. He or she
may also ask you questions to check your mood and mental health and to see how
well you are able to think, reason, and remember.
In most cases, test results
are normal. This can make it hard to know the exact cause of the pain. But this
doesn't mean that your pain isn't real.
You can use home treatment for
mild pain or pain that you have now and then. Exercising and getting enough sleep may help reduce chronic pain.
over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen,
aspirin, or ibuprofen may also help. You may want to try
complementary therapies such as massage and
Talk to your doctor if your pain does not go away or if it
gets worse. You may need to try different treatments to find what works for
you. Medicines you take by mouth, shots of numbing medicine,
nerve stimulation, and surgery are used for some types
of chronic pain.
It is important to make a clear treatment plan with your
doctor. The best plan may include combining treatments.
with chronic pain can be hard.
Counseling may help you cope. It can also help you
deal with frustration, fear, anger, depression, and anxiety.
You may always have some pain. But in most cases, chronic pain
can be managed so that you can get on with your life and do your daily