Manage your pain
Living with pain, especially chronic pain is difficult. Medicines are an important part of pain relief, but they are only part of the picture. For people with chronic pain in particular there are other aspects of managing pain that can help.
What can I do to manage my pain?
Use a pain management plan
This is a written 'plan' developed together with a health professional that describes treatment goals, and is used to review and monitor progress.
Keep a pain diary
A pain diary is a detailed written record of an individual's pain, and how it affects them and their daily activities over time. Keeping a pain diary can help to identify the cause of the pain, understand what makes the pain better or worse, record the response to medicines or other therapies, and prepare or review a pain management plan.
Keeping active can help prevent or reduce further pain. A physiotherapist, chiropractor or other allied healthcare professional, can provide information about suitable activities. Participating in support or self-help groups, sharing experiences and learning about ways to manage pain from others in similar situations may also be helpful.
Managing pain without medicines
Depending on the type of pain you are experiencing, there may be non-medicine ways to relieve your pain. Talk to your health professional about non-medicine options that may help to treat your pain.
Where to find more information
In addition to talking to your doctor or pharmacist, there are many helpful resources about managing pain, including