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Pain Toolkit

Pain that continues for 3 months or more and may not respond to standard medical treatment. It can be disabling and frustrating for many people to manage. It can also affect relationships with family, friends and work colleagues. Sometimes people with persistent pain are told by healthcare professionals after as- sessment: “I am afraid you have a chronic or longterm pain problem.You will have to learn to live with it.” To date, your healthcare professionals may have done all that they can to help you and may have used many of the tools available in their toolkit. However there are so many things that you can do to help self-manage your pain with the support of your health care professional, family, friends and work colleagues. All you need is to be willing to ask for help. 8 WWW.CHANGE-PAIN.COM Persistent pain (sometimes called chronic or long-term) is: