1What is keeping you from getting the pain relief you need?
Believe it or not, most pain is not treated properly. One survey showed that only 1 out of 4 people with pain gets the right treatment.  There are many reasons why you may not be getting good pain relief.  You may:

• Be concerned about side effects from pain medicines, which often include nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.  Many people stop taking their medicine - or take less than they should - even after surgery because of the fear of side effects
• Be worried that you will start relying on pain pills or will built up a tolerance to them and need more
• Not be getting strong enough medicine from your healthcare professional
• Have become used to living with the pain.  You may even feel there is nothing you can do about it
• Be concerned about the minimally invasive procedures
2What's the harm in hurting?
Being in pain can affect your daily life.  But did you know that if you don't get relief from your pain, you may be hurting yourself in other ways?

Being in pain can:
• Weaken your immune system.  This can be a problem after surgery because it can put you at risk of infection.  Or your wounds may not heal well.
• Make it hard to move around.  Staying still too long can cause blood clots or pneumonia.  This is especially a problem for older adults.
• Put stress on your body.  This can cause harm and slow your recovery
• Face you to move or sit differently.  You may lean back a lot, favor on leg, or brace yourself against things.  These actions can make the pain worse
• Losing wages.  You may lose your functionality, lose your job, income and your health insurance.
• Mood changes:  you may get into depression and anxiety.
• Sleep disturbance:  your sleep can be affected and therefore your day time activities will be disrupted.
3Feeling blue? It's not all in your head-the pain may be to blame
Living with pain can affect more than just the part of your body that hurts.  It can make you feel anxious, depressed, scared, and angry.  When you do not seek help for your pain, you may feel helpless or even hopeless.  This can make you feel even more depressed.  And when you are depressed about your pain, you may not seek care for other health problems.  When your pain is controlled, you will not only be able to do more, but you will feel better.

Listen to your body.  tuning in to the signs your body gives you is just as important as learning about your pain treatments.

Remember, pain that is allowed to continue and is not treated properly may lead to more problems down the road.
4Tips for getting relief from your pain?

Act now
• Seek treatment as early as possible to avoid problems
• Make-and keep-follow up appointments to let your doctor know how you are feeling
• Keep a pain journal

Take help from others
• Bring friends or family members with you to your doctor's visits.  They can help you take notes and remember details

Recognize your emotions
• Being in pain brings up all kinds of feelings.  Depressed mood, sadness, and fear are just a few
• Allow yourself to have them
Take the upper hand
• Do not allow your pain to take over your life

Speak up
• Only you know how bad your pain is and how it is affecting your life
• Use descriptive language to explain your pain-the more details the better
• If one pain medicine is not working for you, do not be afraid to ask for a different one

Learn from the past
• Do not let past frustrations get in your way