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.
June 21 — School of nursing assistant clinical professor leads team to Honduras Jon Siiteri, a physician assistant and assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, led four physician assistant and nurse practitioner graduate students on a UC Davis Medical Brigade to Honduras. A partnership between UC Davis, UCLA and UC Riverside’s Public Health Brigade, the nine-day Hybrid Brigade combined the aspects of medicine and public health. During the clinic portion of the brigade, volunteers took vitals and patient history in triage, shadowed licensed doctors in medical consultations and assisted in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. The students included Ryan Fong, Alicia-Jay Esposo, Elaine Maala and Melissa Su. Medical Brigades at UC Davis is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization.