Living with a chronic illness

Knowing more about your illness will help you make better decisions about your care and treatment. It can help to:

  • find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with
  • ask your doctor for a chronic disease management plan to help you manage your illness, and to assist you to access support from other health professionals who can help you
  • talk to your doctor about your medication and the possible side effects
  • ask your doctor about support groups in your local area

Pain management

Managing pain is an important part of living with a chronic illness.

This can mean taking prescription or non-prescription pain relief medication, as well as other treatments, including:

  • physical therapy
  • massage
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • acupuncture
  • stress management techniques