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When should I go to the doctor for my pain?

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Enduring the occasional headache or minor sports injury is one thing. But putting up with chronic pain can affect your quality of life. It can lead to depression, fatigue, anxiety, inability to work, and damaged relationships.

Most pain can be treated effectively and should be.

From: 5 Common Pain and Pain Relief Myths WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

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