VHA Pain Management
For Veterans/Public - Self Management
This section provides links to tools on "Self Management," developed for Veterans/patients.
- How you approach your chronic pain will impact how you feel, your quality of life, and potential improvement.
- Be active in your own care
- You are the team leader!
- Your provider or healthcare team is only a small part of your care.
- Take control by making healthy choices that affect your pain, mood, and daily functioning
- Put effort into making changes you know work
- Manage your pain like other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease
- Medications, injections, and surgeries, etc. are only one way of dealing with pain
- Be willing to explore many ways to live with chronic pain
|Title and Link||Source||Description|
|Pacing for Pain-worksheet *(pdf)||Gov Western Australla Dpt of Health||These guides can help you learn how to pace your activities effectively and appropriately. Energy management is also pain management|
|Pacing for Pain-formula *(pdf)||PSYCHOLOGYTooLS.org|
|American Chronic Pain Association*||American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)||This website can provide you with information about chronic pain, management, providers and skills.|
|Coping Tools - Deep Breathing*||Harvard Medical School||Deep Breathing information to help with pain management. This can be done on your own, at any time.|
|Coping Tools - Relaxation Techniques*||National Institute of Health (NIH)||Relaxation techniques to help with pain management. This can be done on your own at any time.|
|Understanding Pain* (video)||Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS)||Easy to follow video about pain and how you can approach it effectively.|
|Flare-Up Management Planning (pdf)||Department of Veterans Affairs - attribute Pain Management Network||This is a document you can work on with your loved ones and providers. Having a written plan for preventing and coping with a pain flare is essential.|
Intro to Neuroplasticity (pdf)
|Department of Veterans Affairs - attribute Norman Doidge’s books: The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brains Way of Healing.||Learn some basic information about how the brain can change, and also change your pain.|
|ACI Pain Management Network||This website contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self management of your pain|
|VHA Office of Patient Centered Care||Whole health care, designed to help Veterans achieve and maintain their best all-around health and well-being.|