About chronic pain: What have you learned?

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Question 1. True or False:​ The feeling of pain always means that your body is being harmed​ or damaged.

True

False

False: Pain does not always mean that there is harm or damage occurring in the body. Chronic pain is often the result of changes in the sensitivity of your nerves, spinal cord and brain. This produces the feeling of pain even when there is no injury or danger.

Question 2. True or False: Your experience of pain is influenced by your thoughts and emotions.

True

False

True: There are many factors that can affect the way you experience pain and make it better or worse. Some examples of factors that can influence pain are stress, anxiety, work or school experiences, family relationships and your previous pain experiences, whether positive or negative.

Question 3. True or False: It may not be possible to stop all pain due to your chronic pain condition, but there are things you can do to reduce your pain.

True

False

True: You can change your pain using physical methods such as exercise, psychological strategies such as relaxation and positive thinking and pharmacological methods such as pain medications.

Question 4. True or False: The only goal of chronic pain management is to reduce pain.

True

False

False: The primary goal of chronic pain management is to find ways to improve everyday functioning despite your pain. Chronic pain management should focus on helping you to live as normal a life as possible according to the things that are important to you, rather than complete pain relief.

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Last updated: May 2nd 2016