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Coping with Pain

Article date: December 3, 2009

Whether it's from a headache, a broken bone, or something more serious, all of us have experienced pain at one time or another. Pain is our body's way of signaling that something is wrong, and it shouldn't be ignored.

Some pain is the result of a short-term injury and goes away with treatment. This is called acute pain. Sometimes, though, the pain persists, and its source may be harder to pinpoint. This is called chronic pain, and it can be caused by any number of conditions, from arthritis to cancer to nerve damage.

If you have pain, don't suffer in silence. There are many ways to treat and manage even chronic pain. Medications, both over-the-counter and by prescription, can help. So can things like meditation, acupuncture, and physical therapy.

Talk to your doctor about the kind of pain you have and what treatments might work for you. Keep track of where and when you feel pain, how bad it is, and whether anything seems to make it better or worse. The American Cancer Society's pain diary can help, regardless of what is causing your pain.

Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

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