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Pain Management

10 Common Chronic Pain Myths

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Woman having neck pain at the office.
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Woman meditating on a yoga mat.
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Dealing with chronic pain is merely a case of mind over matter.


Person comforting a friend and holding their hands.
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People often exaggerate their pain to get sympathy.


Man relaxing in a hammock.
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People who claim to be in pain all the time are just lazy.


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The only way to treat chronic pain is with medication.


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The only effective medications for pain are opioids.


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If you take opioid pain medications regularly, you will get addicted.


Man rolling a huge concrete ball uphill.
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You have to push through the pain.


Woman with a headache at work.
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Chronic pain means constant pain.


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Your family doctor should be able to treat your chronic pain.


Senior man with back pain getting help from his wife.
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Pain is just a normal part of getting older.


Karen Lee Richards

Karen Lee Richards

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Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She writes for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.