‘You have to want to live again.’ That’s the key to managing pain, according to Diane. It can be a long, winding road, but many people living with pain have learned strategies that help them to get the most out of life alongside their condition, rather than being dominated by it.
Top tip: make pacing more appealing. Start by choosing an activity you find rewarding and enjoyable. Then, build up slowly and steadily to doing more.
Find out more: Pain Concern’s booklet A Guide to Managing Pain is a great place to start learning about the things you can do to manage your pain, including pacing and dealing with flare-ups.
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Published September 2015. Text to be reviewed September 2018.