U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pain Management

New Approaches to Chronic Pain

This site will give you successful strategies for living with chronic pain. It provides in-depth information on healthcare approaches that can improve your health, complement your regular medical care, expand your options, and enhance your quality of life.

Review Date: Friday, February 03, 2012

Beth Israel Medical Center - The Center for Health & Healing

FAQs About Chronic Pain

These questions and answers can help you get started on the path to better understanding of your pain and its impact on your life.

Review Date: Thursday, August 09, 2012

American Chronic Pain Association

Cancer Pain

Cancer-pain.org aims to help cancer patients receive the pain treatment they deserve.

Review Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Association of Cancer Online Resources

Chronic Pain Medicines

Learn how to take pain medications, such as Acetaminophen and narcotics, safely and effectively. If you have questions about side effects or about how much medicine to take, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Review Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians

Chronic Pelvic Pain: Patient Education Brochure

This page provides information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic pelvic pain (CPP), including a list of things you can do to help your doctor diagnose and treat you.

Review Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

International Pelvic Pain Society

Find a Pain Management Professional

Search this database by zip code or last name to locate an American Academy of Pain Management member in your area. A link to a database where you may search for a pain management program is also provided on this web site.

Review Date: Monday, March 14, 2011

American Academy of Pain Management

Handout on Health: Back Pain

The handout describes causes, diagnosis, and treatments for back pain, and and what you can do to prevent it.

Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2013

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Interactive Pain Log- (PDF)

When you understand what makes your pain worse, you can begin to work on ways to reduce or deal with your pain “triggers.” By completing this chart every day, you can print a report to take to your medical appointments and work closely with your healthcare provider to better manage your condition.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

American Chronic Pain Association

Leg Problems

This flow chart tells you what symptoms of pain, swelling or lumps in the front or back of your lower leg may mean and whether you should provide self-care or seek professional help.

Review Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians

Managing Chronic Pain

Learn what an occupational therapist can do to assist you in managing your chronic pain. For instance, an OT can help you to organize your daily routine with personal pain management goals, and can teach you to move your body in ways that are less likely to aggravate pain.

Review Date: Friday, December 12, 2014

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

Managing Pain From a Broken Hip: A Guide for Adults and Their Caregivers

If you or the person you care for is an older adult hopitalized because of a hip fracture, this research-based guide can help you understand your condition, treatment choices, and ways to reduce pain.

Review Date: Monday, June 27, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Medical Acupuncturist Patient Referral Directory

Use this searchable database to find a medical acupuncturist who is a member of American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Review Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Opioid-Induced Constipation- (PDF)

Some pain medications can make you constipated. Learn what you can do to relieve your symptoms.

Review Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

American College of Physicians

Pain — Hope Through Research

This overview describes differences between acute and chronic pain, common pain syndromes, treatments, how pain affects different people, and ongoing research to improve the lives of people living with pain.

Review Date: Monday, February 04, 2013

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Pain Control: Support for People with Cancer

A guide from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute that answers questions about pain control. Written for cancer patients, the material in this guide makes it easier for you to talk with those who are taking care of you.

Review Date: Friday, April 03, 2015

NIH National Cancer Institute

Pain Drawing for Patients- (PDF)

Download and complete a pain drawing to help describe the location and intensity of your pain to your physician.

Review Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Pain Management and Relief

Pain may be caused by the cancer itself, by the treatment, or by the side effects of the treatment. Most pain experts agree that 90-95% of all cancer-related pain CAN be successfully treated. Patients and health care professionals can work as a team to manage pain and discomfort.

Review Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Speak Up: What You Should Know About Pain Management

It’s important to speak up about your pain, so you can get the right treatment. Watch this short, animated video to learn more.

Review Date: Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Joint Commission

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