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How you treat chronic pain varies, depending on your actual diagnosis. Most people use a combination of traditional and non-traditional approaches to manage day to day pain.

Finding Your Pain Number: Which Pain Scale is Best?
Of all the pain scales, which one is best? This guide explains the differences between pain scales, and describes how to use determine your pain number.

Heat vs. Ice: Should I Use Heat or Ice for Pain?
Deciding whether to use heat or ice for pain can be confusing, so here is a simple guide to determine exactly what to do.

Ice for Pain Treatment: Using Ice to Treat Chronic Pain
People often have a love/hate relationship with ice, but ice can be a very effective pain treatment when used correctly. Read this guide before using ice for pain treatment.

Using Heat for Pain Treatment
Heat is one of the most common home treatments for pain. Before you use heat for pain treatment, read these guidelines.

Eight Ways to Treat Your Chronic Pain
On my rehab unit, a common patient question is "What can I do at home?" In the hospital or doctor's office, pain is often treated with medications. However, there are other things you can do in addition to taking your regular medications that can help better control your pain at home. Like pain meds, some of these approaches work well for some people and not as well for others. Try a few differe…

Chronic Nerve Pain Treatment
An overview of both medical and complimentary chronic nerve pain treatments.

Are Painkiller Dependence and Painkiller Addiction Different?
Is there a difference between painkiller addiction and painkiller dependence?

Opioid Withdrawal
Opioid withdrawal can cause many complications. How to stop taking opioids safely.

Cortisone Injection -- Do Cortisone Injections Work?
Cortisone injections work for some people, but not for others. What is your story? Readers share their experiences with cortisone injections.

Ultrasound Therapy -- Did Ultrasound Therapy Work for You?
Sometimes the best advice comes from someone who has been there. Readers describe their experiences with ultrasound therapy.

Chronic Postoperative Pain Treatment
Chronic postoperative pain can be a challenge to treat. What are some of the most common approaches for chronic postoperative pain treatment?

Do Cortisone Injections Work?
Many people rely on cortisone injections to decreased pain and increase movement. But do they really work?

Using Corticosteroids for Pain Control
Corticosteroids are often prescribed to treat painful joint conditions. How corticosteroids work, and how they are used.

Ketoprofen for Pain Management
Ketoprofen is an NSAID often used to treat arthritis. How ketoprofen works, and how to use it safely.

Ibuprofen for Pain Management
Ibuprofen is an NSAID commonly used to treat pain. How ibuprofen works, and how to use it safely.

Naproxen for Pain Management
Naproxen is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat certain types of chronic pain. How naproxen works, its side effects and how to use naproxen safely.

Tramadol for Chronic Pain
Tramadol may be used to treat certain types of chronic pain conditions. This article describes how tramadol works and how to use it safely.

Percocet for Pain Management
Percocet is a prescription painkiller used for moderate to severe pain. How Percocet works, and how to take it safely.

Can I Ask My Doctor for Stronger Painkillers?
Sometimes strong painkillers have a stigma. Still, this should not stop you from asking for them if you need them. A guide to asking your doctor for stronger painkillers.

What Is Paracetamol?
Paracetamol and acetaminophen can be used to describe the same medication. Read why.

Aspirin for Pain Management
Aspirin is one of the oldest painkillers around and is still commonly used today. How aspirin works, its potential side effects and common brand names.

Hydrocodone for Pain Management
Hydrocodone is commonly prescribed for many chronic pain conditions. How hydrocodone works, and how to take it safely.

Prostate Pain Treatment
Male pelvic pain is often caused by prostate problems. Treatments you can expect for different types of prostate pain.

Vicodin for Pain Management
Vicodin is a narcotic painkiller often used to treat chronic pain. How Vicodin works, about its side effects and how to avoid a potential Vicodin overdose.

Common Chronic Pelvic Pain Treatments
Treating chronic pelvic pain can be tricky, with so many potential causes. A guide to the most common chronic pelvic pain treatments.

Oxycodone for Pain Management
Oxycodone may be prescribed to treat some types of chronic pain. About the risks and benefits of taking oxycodone for pain.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation -- Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain Symptoms
Sacral neuromodulation, or sacral nerve stimulation, is a treatment used to help reduce pain and urinary symptoms for certain pelvic pain disorders. How sacral nerve stimulation is done, and how it works.

Treating Women's Pelvic Pain
Women's pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat. What to expect when seeking treatment for women's pelvic pain.

Treating Pelvic Nerve Pain
Treating pelvic nerve pain can be complicated, however often a combination of approaches does the trick. The most common treatments for pelvic nerve pain.

What is Ultrasound Therapy?
When you hear the work ultrasound, you may think of pregnancy. However, ultrasound therapy is commonly used by physical therapists to treat chronic pain conditions.

Topical Analgesics -- Topical Pain Medications
Topical analgesics are applied to the skin, and help control certain types of chronic pain. Types of topical pain medications and how they work.

Acetaminophen for Chronic Pain
Acetaminophen is a commonly used pain medication that is readily available both over-the-counter and in prescription form. About acetaminophen, its use and side effects.

Anti Seizure Medications for Chronic Pain
Though they are designed to prevent seizures, anticonvulsants are also used to treat certain types of chronic pain. The most commonly used anti seizure medication for pain, and their side effects.

Types of NSAIDs for Chronic Pain
NSAIDs are one of the most popular treatments for many types of chronic pain, including headaches, joint pain and muscle aches. Some of the most common types of NSAIDs for chronic pain and their uses.

Depression Medication for Chronic Pain
Wondering why your doctor prescribed depression medication for your chronic pain? Find out more about the types of depression medication used for chronic pain, and how they work.

Commonly Used Pain Medication
What are the most commonly prescribed pain medications for your condition? A list of common pain medications, and how they are used.

Demerol and its Side Effects
Demerol is often in the news. How the Demerol drug works, and all about Demerol side effects.

Why Am I Taking an Antidepressant for Chronic Pain?
Even if you do not have clinical depression, you may be prescribed an antidepressant for chronic pain. How antidepressants can help control certain types of chronic pain.

Will I Have a Drug Overdose From Opioids?
If you take opioids for chronic pain, recent news events may have you concerned for your safety. About drug overdose, and how you can avoid an opioid overdose.

NSAIDs for Chronic Pain
NSAIDs are available both over-the-counter and in prescription form, and are one of the most popular ways to treat pain. All about NSAIDs for chronic pain: guidelines and precautions.

Types of Opioids Used to Treat Chronic Pain
Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that are often used to treat severe pain, though they may also be used to manage chronic pain. Types of opioids, their strengths and how and why they are used.

What are Long-Acting Pain Medications?
Exactly how long do some pain medications last? All about long-acting pain medications and how they are used.

Opioids for Chronic Pain
Opioids have long been used to treat pain, though their use in the treatment of chronic pain is sometimes controversial. What you should know about using opioids as pain medications.

What is a Short-Acting Pain Medication?
Have you ever wondered how long a short-acting pain medication actually lasts? Types of short-acting pain medications, and how they are used to manage chronic pain symptoms.

What Are Non-Opioid Analgesics?
Non-opioid analgesics are commonly used to treat chronic pain. Types of non-opioid analgesics and what they do.

What are Adjuvant Analgesics?
You have probably heard of adjuvant analgesics without realizing it. What adjuvant analgesics are, and how they are used to treat chronic pain.

Nerve Blocks For Chronic Pain
A nerve block may be performed to diagnose or treat chronic nerve pain. An overview of the types of nerve blocks, and how they are performend.

Treatment -- Treating Chronic Pain
All of the pain.about.com information about treating chronic pain, in one convenient location.

I Dont Want to Take Pain Meds Anymore. Can I Just Stop Taking Them?
If you don't like taking pain medication, it may be tempting to give it up altogether. However, the risks of pain medication withdrawal can be severe, and may even be deadly.

Treating Chronic Headaches With Medications
With countless medications available, the choices for treating chronic headaches can be overwhelming. Descriptions of typical medications used to treat migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches.

Analgesics: Commonly Used Pain Medications
A guide to the common types of analgesics used to control pain. If you have chronic pain, chances are you are already taking one or more of these pain medications.

Can Anticonvulsants Help Treat Chronic Pain?
How can seizure medication help control chronic pain?

What Are Opioids?
What are opioids and how are they used for chronic pain? An overview of the drug and its use in controlling pain.

What Are NSAIDs?
What are NSAIDs, and how do they work? All about this commonly used drug class.

What is TENS, and How Does it Work?
What is TENS and how does it work? Many people find relief from their chronic pain by using TENS. Will TENS work for you?

Treating Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be difficult to treat because its cause is not always fully understood. There are a wide variety of both over-the-counter and prescription medications available to treat chronic pain. Complimentary therapies such as acupuncture and massage are also becoming more popular, and are often used in conjunction with traditional treatments.

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