Passages Hospice Issues Pain Management Tips

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Pain Awareness Month is September, and Passages Hospice provides tips to help manage chronic pain.

Chronic pain from an injury or illness can seriously affect your everyday life and keep you from activities you enjoy. Pain management is not only about medication but can include lifestyle changes. As Pain Awareness Month approaches in September, Passages Hospice suggests these tips to help manage chronic pain and enjoy a high quality of life.

1. Practice deep breathing or meditation. Concentrating on something else can distract you from the pain.

2. Hold someone's hand or give them a hug. Using your other senses like touch can make pain seem less severe.

3. If you have been prescribed pain medication, take it regularly and according to your doctor's instructions. It's easier to prevent or manage pain than it is to treat it once it starts.

4. Track your daily activities and pain level to find out when your pain is worst. Knowing when you need a break to relax can help you schedule your day and minimize pain.

If your pain becomes too severe, see your doctor or another healthcare professional immediately.

"Sometimes pain can't be eliminated," says RN Carmen Velez, Director of Clinical Services for Passages Hospice, "but with a few daily habits and changes, it can be controlled."

Pain management is an important part of hospice care. For more information, visit http://www.passageshospice.com.

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