COP­ING WITH PAIN

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

Learn to pace your ac­tiv­i­ties to con­serve en­ergy

Learn to laugh ‘‘ at your own help­less­ness’’ Ask for help when you need it Prac­tise shift­ing the fo­cus off your­self and your own prob­lems

Learn med­i­ta­tion and/or re­lax­ation tech­niques

Pre­pare for bad days: stock plenty of flu­ids and blan­kets close by

Keep lots of dis­trac­tions such as good books, muic, videos and DVDs on hand

Find a doc­tor you can trust and don’t be afraid to change if you are un­com­fort­able

Type out a de­tailed med­i­cal his­tory to give to doc­tors/ bring to hospi­tal ad­mis­sions Source: Re­nee Goossens, au­thor of Pain­Man­age­ment:Learn­ing ToLiveWithPain www.rock­poolpub­lish­ing.com.au

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