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.” Chronic pain is often “invisible.” You might look healthy to others, while still suffering from extreme pain.
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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.