VHA Pain Management
For Veterans/Public - Chronic Pain 101: How to Break the Cycle
This section provides tools addressing "Pain Management 101," developed for Veterans/patients.
What You Can Do to Help Decrease Your Pain:Pace Yourself
- Take breaks before pain starts, slowly do more to build confidence.
- Use coping tools to down-regulate danger/threat system & balance body and mind.
- “Motion is lotion," daily movement (e.g. regular walks) to promote functioning.
- Spend time every day doing something you value. This can help break the depressive cycle, and limit avoidance coping.
- Daily stretches strengthen muscles and increase functioning.
- Use of “I” statements helps others understand, “I’m frustrated when…”
- It’s important to share how you feel
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
- Improve sleep habits
- Make healthy food choices
|Title and Link||Source||Description|
|Chronic Pain in 5 Minutes*||Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS)||Easy to follow video about chronic pain. It helps you understand what current research has been saying about chronic pain.|
|7 Things You Should Know About Pain * (pdf)||www.bettermovement.org||This information comes directly from www.bettermovement.org|
|Explain Pain * (pdf)||www.paintoolkit.org||A brochure explaining the elements of pain.|
|Women Veterans Health Care - Chronic Pain||Department of Veterans Affairs||What is chronic pain, what are the symptons, and treatments.|
|Chronic Pain: In Depth*||National Institute of Health (NIH)*||Variouis topics about addressing chronic pain.|
|Understanding Pain *||Department of Defense (DoD) - Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Joint Pain Education Project (JPEP).||Understanding Pain video was developed to provide individuals, family members, and clinicians with general strategies for managing acute and chronic pain.|
|Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain (2017)||VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines||Material about the Management of Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain (Patient/Providers.)|
|Four Tips for Successfully Managing Chronic Pain*||Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE)||Tips that can help you manage your pain and its effects on your overall quality of life.|
|A Car With Four Flat Tires *||TheACPAChannel||A video that depicts, a person with pain is like a car with four flat tires.|
Veterans/Public Pain Management - Resource Topics
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