7 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Chronic Pain

Follow these tips to become an active part of your treatment plan, find relief, and improve your function.

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Chronic pain is an enigma, a problem that sometimes eludes the best medical minds. You only compound the problem by making mistakes such as not following your doctors recommendations or being unwilling to consider other options that may provide relief. "That would be an example of where a patient will limit the effectiveness of treatment," says Teresa Dews, MD, vice chairman of Cleveland Clinics Department of Pain Management. "You have to be open to a comprehensive treatment plan and recommendations."
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