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.
Aug. 22 — Doctoral alumna appointed leadership role at national rehabilitation conference Deborah Greenwood, a 2014 alumna of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, was appointed chief digital research officer for diabetes at Mytonomy, a Bethesda, Maryland,-based technology startup firm that develops digital patient education systems. An internationally respected diabetes expert, Deborah combines evidence-based knowledge of diabetes self-management education, research and clinical practice within the emerging market of digital health. She is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist, board certified in advanced diabetes management and certified diabetes educator. She is also past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In her new role, Deborah supports the development of microlearning diabetes education platforms for health care systems, hospitals and clinics that fully integrate with the provider’s electronic medical system, scheduling system or other custom systems.