31 Oct '11, 9pm

When the pain doesn't go away

I'm in pain, so I should be in bed. Myth. SGH's Dr Tan Kian Hian: That's not the best thing to do. The general advice for most patients with chronic pain is that they should continue to be active in their life. Chronic pain is all in the head. Myth. Dr Tan: "All in the head" suggests that the pain is imaginary, which is not the case. However, we do know that a positive attitude and appropriate psychological interventions can help patients manage their chronic pain. Only old people get all sorts of aches and pains. Myth. Dr Tan: Young and seemingly healthy people may have chronic pain too. In fact, about 8.7 per cent of Singapore's population suffer from it. However, older and less healthy people may have a higher probability of having chronic pain. For example, with age, degeneration of the joints and back may lead to chronic pain. People with diabetes who do not have good...

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