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Pain can become the central focus of your life. It can feel like it is taking control of you and can affect almost every aspect of life. Self-management of persistent pain can take many forms. It may start with doing more obvious things that can help to reduce the pain, such as taking prescribed medications (if they are helpful), or using heat or ice. Beyond this, self-management is about stepping away from the focus on being comfortable, and from relief of the pain itself, and developing a focus on doing things that reduce the negative effects of having pain in your life.
For most people, self-management does not come easily or naturally. It takes time and practice, but it can be at least as effective as medication in improving quality of life with persistent pain.