As many as one person in every three is dealing with chronic pain, so you’re far from alone. Reaching out is the most important habit you can develop to help you deal with chronic pain. Tell friends and family what you’re feeling, because they won’t know otherwise. Ask for help. Learn more about your condition. Then share what you know with others.
It’s a Catch-22: You’re hurting, so you don’t exercise; but without exercise, you may lose muscle tone and strength, making pain worse. Fortunately, even mild exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and block pain. Ask your doctor if aerobic, strengthening, or stretching exercises can give your body the boost — and relief — it needs.