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Pain Management Information - for the Veterans       

Millions of people suffer from pain and are looking for answers. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to separate myths and misunderstanding from facts when it comes to treating pain. The purpose of this website is to bring you the most current and accurate information. Our goal is to help you work with your medical team so you can make the best decisions about your healthcare.

Modern thinking emphasizes the significant role you must play in your own healthcare. These educational resources provide a starting point for understanding the complexity of pain, the realities of what your healthcare provider can do for you, and the importance of what you must do for yourself.

This section contains information that has been reviewed and approved by the VA. We are in the process of redesigning this website. Please check back for additional resources and tools to help you better understand and manage the problem of pain.

Online Classroom: Take charge. Live well…even if you hurt
VISN 20 developed this educational program for patients as a companion to online training that has been completed by more than 11,000 VA providers since 2008. The program provides customized content based on your own experiences and beliefs about pain and its treatment. After completing the course, a personal feedback report is provided with suggestions for steps you can take for better pain management and topics you should discuss with your health care providers.  https://www.va.gov/ChronicPainMgmt/ChronicPainEducationforVeterans

New VA DoD Guidelines for Opioid Medications  VA DOD Clinica lPractice Guidelines
The VA and the DoD were mandated by Congress to develop new guidelines for the prescription of long-term opioid medications for chronic pain. These guidelines were published in February, 2017. Follow this link - for background information about chronic pain and its treatment as well as answers to common questions you may have regarding these important changes to chronic pain care.

Veteran/Public Resources
- Chronic pain and depression, chronic pain and PTSD. Chronic Pain Management at Real Warriors. Four Tips for Successfully Managing Chronic Pain link: http://www.realwarriors.net/veterans/treatment/painmanagement.php *

- Information about the signs and symptoms of chronic pain at VA Make the Connection. Hear stories from other Veterans. Learn about treatment options for chronic pain. Make the Connection Chronic pain stories link: http://maketheconnection.net/symptoms/chronic-pain *

CIM (CAM) Recommendations
-Complementary Integrated Medicine (CAM) Recommnedations

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