Take charge of your health.

Taking an active role in your health can help you feel better — and become better equipped to deal with life’s ups and downs. Learn different strategies to manage your pain and improve your ability to function.


What’s the difference between acute and chronic pain?

Pain usually starts when nerves send signals to your brain, telling it you have an injury or illness.

Acute pain doesn’t last long. It may result from an injury or illness.

With chronic pain, your body might heal but your brain keeps getting “pain signals.” The pain becomes persistent. Chronic pain is often “invisible.” You might look healthy to others, while still suffering from extreme pain.

Watch this video about the brain-pain connection, and how to tackle chronic pain.


Learn about the symptoms and causes of chronic pain.

Could a health coach help me?

Sometimes, we all need a little help as we’re dealing with health conditions. As you work to manage chronic pain, a health coach can help you work towards your goals, find new coping strategies, and keep on track.


Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s health coaching sessions.

How can I help myself?

You can help yourself with chronic pain. Start by listening to your body!

A few things to try include:

Kaiser Permanente members can participate in free online programs to:

Common chronic pain conditions

While the cause of chronic pain can vary, there are some common pain conditions. Learn more about each:

Check out these videos on symptoms, treatment, and prevention of:


Stop and breathe

Whenever you feel like you need to catch your breath, do this 30-second breathing exercise for instant relaxation.

Can pain cause depression?

Chronic pain sufferers often feel isolated by their conditions, which can lead to depression. Learn more about the chronic pain-depression cycle.



Should I use alternative pain management solutions?

Sometimes chronic pain sufferers try alternative methods to relieve symptoms.

These methods, like acupuncture or massage, can help. Talk with your doctor for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Watch the video on alternative pain therapies and speaking with your doctor.

Looking for more?

For more resources, call the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Mental Health Department:

Portland 503-249-3434
Longview-Kelso 360-575-4821
Salem 503-316-2300
Vancouver 360-571-3133



Your total health

Remember, your well-being is affected by both your mind and your body. It’s important to take good care of both to have complete health.

Learn how to care for the whole you.