Chronic Pain Personal Actions Toward Health

Date: May 13, 2014 - June 24, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Bay County, 515 Center Ave., Bay City, MI 48708
Contact: Dawn Earnesty: 989-758-2514 or wilcoxd4@msu.edu

Chronic Pain PATH is designed to benefit adults with chronic pain to help manage their health conditions and live a healthier, more enjoyable life. Participants will challenge myths about dealing with pain, learn techniques to deal with frustration/fatigue/isolation/poor sleep, pace themselves around activity and rest, learn how to exercise appropriately to maintain or improve strength and endurance, use medication appropriately and work effectively with family and with health care providers. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. Individual studies have shown that program participants experience improved symptom management, better communication with physicians, a greater sense of self-efficacy, increased physical activity, and better general health compared to those who had not participated in the workshop. Those are just some of the potential benefits.

Workshops are led by two trained leaders who may, themselves, have a long-term health condition. Workshop participants are people with many different health conditions. The workshop content is not disease specific; rather, it focuses on symptoms that are common to people with a variety of health conditions. The goal of the workshop is to help participants become better self-managers. Over the six weeks, emphasis is placed on creating personal action plans and setting practical, achievable goals. Participants learn strategies to help them deal with problems such as pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions. Other topics include managing symptoms, managing medications, working with health care providers, relaxation, healthy eating, physical activity and communicating with family and friends.

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