Understanding
Pain

Understading Pain

The experience of pain is highly individualized, and therefore, often misunderstood. This Is Pain is committed to combating misconceptions about pain by amplifying the voices of the pain community through shared experiences and education.

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Pain is the #1 reason
people see a doctor.

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Over 10 million people in
the US have daily pain.

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Chronic pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in the US.

What
is pain?

What
is pain?

Pain serves an important purpose, warning you when something is wrong with your body. However, ongoing, severe pain can cause worsening health and disability, dramatically impacting one’s quality of life.

Types of Pain

Acute pain usually starts suddenly and has a specific cause, like a broken bone, a burn, or surgery. When the injury has healed, the pain typically goes away

Chronic pain can be moderate to severe and lasts for longer than 6 months. It could be the result of an injury or illness, or it could start with no previous damage at all

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How to Talk to Your Doctor About YOUR Pain

1. Where? Where is your pain? Be specific. Is it the back of your right knee or the left side of your lower back?

2. What? What does your pain feel like? Use words like aching, burning, cramping, shooting, sharp, tingling, or numb to describe what your pain feels like.

3. When? When did the pain start and how long did it last? For example, does it hurt for minutes or hours at a time?

4. How bad? How severe is your pain? With 10 being the absolute worst pain imaginable and 0 being no pain.

5. Worse? What makes the pain worse? For example, does moving or lifting intensify your pain? Does it get worse during the night?

Chronic Pain

Describing your pain in detail for doctors and loved ones isn’t always an easy thing to do. So, keeping track of how you feel in a pain diary can be a helpful tool when trying to communicate what you’re experiencing. It’s also a great tool for recording your progress and guiding open and honest conversations with your doctor. You know your body best and it’s important to be able to communicate to your doctor how you are feeling.

Keeping track of your progress in a pain diary will help you and your doctor come up with the best approach for treating your pain.

Pain Care Bill of Rights

Everyone living with pain has the right to dignity, respect, and an effective treatment plan.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Learn about treatment options and therapies for chronic pain

Treatment options

Join the movement by sharing your personal story about living with pain

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