Consume wisely

The food we eat and the other substances we consume can affect pain. Eating regular, nourishing, high fiber meals and drinking plenty of fluids are important to healing, managing pain and staying well. 



Please note:  Constipation (difficulty moving your bowels) is a side effect of many medications. Getting plenty of fluids and regular, healthy meals can help you manage this side effect.  If you have problems with constipation, please call your health-care provider for assistance. 

Plenty of water 

Drinking plenty of water is the best way to stay hydrated and avoid constipation. It is best to limit soda, tea or coffee.

Regular, well-balanced eating

Regular, healthy eating is important for healing, medication effectiveness, maintaining your energy level, managing constipation, and managing pain.  Keep in mind that some medications are best taken with food. This can help decrease nausea and avoid other possible side effects.  Please talk with your health-care provider about the types of foods you eat, your eating patterns and what suggestions he or she might have to help you eat well.


Alcohol may interact with medications and cause serious side effects.  It may interfere with your ability to get deep, restful sleep. Alcohol may also make it harder to deal with emotions that may arise.

Smoking or other use of tobacco products 

Smoking impairs healing and can interfere with your body's ability to manage pain.

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