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Getting the Right Help for Acute Pain

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Receiving prompt and helpful treatment for acute pain can make all the difference in the world. But lack of care or inadequate care means that the acute pain may develop into chronic agony.

Communicate With Your Doctors

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You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.

Participate in Your Treatment

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Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Promote Your Health

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Healthy eating, activity, and safety habits help us live for as long and as well as we can.

Make Good Treatment Decisions

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Document your wishes to reduce the chance of receiving care not consistent with your values.

Living With Pain

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health

Pain can have a major impact on your day-to-day life. Here’s insight into different types of pain and how they are treated.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

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Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

What Is Hospice?

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Hospice care can provide extra support for people near the end-of-life and their families. Here’s what you need to know.

When Pain Doesn't End

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Chronic pain is one of the most difficult--and common--medical conditions. Estimated to affect 76 million Americans, it accompanies illnesses and injuries ranging from cancer to various forms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis and physical trauma.

What Is Palliative Care?

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Palliative care provides therapies are designed to make patients more comfortable and ease the symptoms of serious illnesses or conditions. Learn more.