When should you worry about your pain?
The effects of chronic pain can be far-reaching. From gaining weight and having trouble sleeping to mood swings and even depression. Follow these simple rules to identify you pain management needs:
- Two Week Rule: Tell your doctor about any pain that lasts longer than two weeks.
- Acute Trauma Rule: Get immediate attention for any pain caused by an accident or injury.
- I Can't Sleep Rule: If it keeps you up at night and exceeds the "two week rule," ask your doctor about it.
- Worst Pain of My Life: If the pain prevents you from moving normally, have yourself checked right away.