Has your pain gone from uncommon to chronic?

Answer these questions to find out if you are suffering from chronic pain.

Section A

1. Do you feel as if you are a prisoner to your pain?

yes    no

2. Do you have increasing need for pain medication with little or no relief?

yes    no

3. Do you appear healthy to others even though you are in pain?

yes    no

4. Have you had multiple tests or X-rays but no answers?

yes    no

5. Have you been able to find a cause or identify when the pain started?

yes    no

6. Is pain becoming the center of your life?

yes    no

7. Has looking for help for your pain become the priority in your life?

yes    no

Section B

8. Do you have trouble sleeping?

yes    no

9. Do you have memory problems or poor concentration?

yes    no

10. Are you gaining or losing weight?

yes    no

11. Are you unable to enjoy previously enjoyable activities?

yes    no

12. Are you having financial difficulties due to inability to work?

yes    no

13. Are you feeling guilty that you are neglecting your family activities?

yes    no

14. Is there increasing family tension?

yes    no

Section C

15. Do you feel sad and depressed?

yes    no

16. Do you feel angry and irritable?

yes    no

17. Do you have feelings of hopelessness and despair?

yes    no

18. Do you feel helpless?

yes    no

19. Do you feel isolated and misunderstood?

yes    no

20. Do you feel out of control?

yes    no

 

If you answered yes to 2 or more questions in each section, you may be suffering from chronic pain and should consult your health care provider.

 
Lynda Thorson, RN, and Zenona Hrabar, MD 
in association with the MediResource Clinical Team 

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