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    Pain Management - Getting Support

    Needing other people for emotional support is a normal part of life. You may have to lean on family and friends if you're getting over an injury or surgery or if you live with pain much of the time.

    It can be hard sometimes to ask for help. But don't be afraid to reach out. Other people can help you-and they may be eager to help. Along with your family and friends, you can seek support from:

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    • Counseling. A professional counselor can help you cope with pain, stress, and things that happen in your life. Counseling can help you understand and deal with an illness.
    • Your doctor. Find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with. Be open and honest about your fears and concerns. Your doctor can help you get the right medical treatments, including counseling.
    • Religious groups. Religious or spiritual groups may help you meet people and get involved in the community. Some religious groups can help you get counseling or other social support services.
    • Social groups. You can meet new people and get involved in activities you enjoy.
    • Community support groups. In a support group, you can talk to others who have dealt with the same problems you have. You can encourage each other and learn ways of coping with your feelings.

    For more information, see the topic Support Groups and Social Support.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 24, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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