Use this guide in consultation with your health-care provider. Keep your health-care provider informed about your use of the strategies in this guide.
Learn about each strategy. Read this guide to learn about strategies that can help you manage your pain. Click on the gold box below to go through this guide. Or download a PDF of this booklet here.
Rate how well you think you are doing with each strategy. The wheel on the next page shows a picture of each strategy next to a wedge of the wheel. Each wedge is divided into three sections. Use the key shown on the page to put an X in the section of the wedge that matches how well you are managing that strategy right now. Continue to use this wheel to track your progress.
Choose a strategy you would like to work on. It is best to choose one that is important to you and that you think you can start to change right now.
Experiment with your plan. Many people find that their plan will change as they experiment with how it fits into their daily routines. Make adjustments as you experiment rather than trying to get the perfect plan developed before you start.
Finally, pay close attention to any small or large changes in how well you function and cope with pain. Notice what strategies seem to provide you the best results. Remember to keep your health-care provider updated about your activities and progress.
Nov. 30 — Alumna participates in panel discussion on managing terminal illness Leah Morris, an alumna of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, discussed what matters most to terminally ill patients and their families with 11 other experts during a panel discussion following a screening of the BS Frontline film, “Being Mortal.” Based on the best-selling book by physician Atul Gawande, the documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. Leah, a nurse with Yolo Hospice, and the panel discussed with the audience the shared responsibility of discovering and understanding what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these conversations. The event was presented by Yolo Hospice with support from The UC Davis Retiree Center and UC Davis Work Life and Wellness at the Walter Buehler Alumni Center on the Davis campus. Leah is a 2013 graduate of the master’s leadership and nurse practitioner programs.