Be empathic rather than give advice

It is so easy to avoid doing something positive about chronic pain. Laying in bed a lot or drinking or taking other substances to help deal with the pain may have positive, immediate benefits of relief. But what about the long term consequences?

      It’s important to be where the person with chronic pain is at rather than be judgemental or give advice. Too often, the medical community becomes stuck in advice giving when the person with chronic pain may not be ready to commit to doing anything else. 

    Prochaska and DiClemente recommended that it is necesary for others, like the medical specialist or caretaker, to remain empathic, to listen and not be judgemental, to share what 

s/he notices so as to help the person with chronic pain weigh the costs and benefits of choosing certain actions to cope.

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