About 50 million US adults have chronic pain, which is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. Chronic pain can happen for many reasons including as a result of chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis and diabetes), autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), past injuries, and other reasons. Chronic pain can limit quality of life. For some people with chronic pain, there may not be obvious evidence of an underlying reason. Managing chronic pain can be difficult. If you have chronic pain, a self-management education (SME) program may help you control your pain. Countryside YMCA is offering this online workshop through the Counsel on Aging.
Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Appropriate use of medications.
Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
Better breathing techniques.
Healthy eating habits.
Making good decisions about your health.