Take Charge of Pain

Take Charge of Pain was originally devised by Arthritis SA and Flinders University. Build a Better Me – Arthritis, Pain Support & ME/CFS have adapted the original program and maintained currency of research in the program delivered.

The program is now delivered in weekly program lots over 7 weeks. The program and participant program materials are below:

Week 1: Current research in what chronic pain is

https://www.tamethebeast.org/#tame-the-beast

Week 2 Pain Diaries, Pain Cycle and Pain Strategies overview


Week 3 Goal setting and Pacing


Week 4 Food and Pain

Use the pages below to record your dietary intake. To record more than one day’s intake reprint page 3 as many times as desired.

Food and Symptom Diary:


Week 5 Exercise
Week 6 Medications and Flare ups

For educational videos on the effects of opioids, options for non-opioid treatment of chronic pain, and living with chronic pain:

https://www.nps.org.au/pain#video-1

https://www.nps.org.au/consumers/chronic-pain-explained#resources-and-support

https://www.arthritisact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Handout2-Do-your-Medicines-need-a-check-up.pdf

https://www.arthritisact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/NPS2287a_Opioids_MW_News_v3.pdf

https://www.arthritisact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Handout8-Flare-ups.pdf

https://www.arthritisact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Does-CBD-oil-work-for-chronic-pain-management.docx


Week 7 (final week) Sleep, Stress and Distractions