Coping with ongoing pain can be the hardest part of living with arthritis or a related condition. Pain can affect every aspect of your life, and many areas of your life can also affect your pain, as this diagram shows:
By working through this toolkit, you will be empowered to effectively manage your arthritis and break the links of the pain chain through an understanding of how arthritis affects your physical, emotional and social life.
In this first section of Breaking the Arthritis Pain Chain, we’re going to help you understand the basics of pain and how it affects you physically and mentally.
Before you get started learning about pain and creating your pain management plan, print and complete this short quiz to see how confident you are in your ability to manage pain. You will take the quiz again at the end to see how far you’ve come.
Learn about the many factors that affect how you feel, process and react to pain.
Not all pain is created equal. Learn about acute and chronic pain.
Understanding how your nervous system processes pain will help you better understand your treatment options.
Pain affects your mood, and your emotions affect your pain. Understand how caring for your emotional health can help you better manage your pain.