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One way to cope with the chronic pain of psoriatic arthritis is to find ways to manage the pain so that it remains at a tolerable level that allows you to enjoy your life.
Thinking of yourself as the manager of your pain can make you feel more confident in your ability to complete your daily tasks despite the pain. Having a plan for coping with chronic pain gives you something to focus on when there's temptation to dwell on your discomfort.
Here are some ideas to help you get started in managing the chronic pain of psoriatic arthritis:
As the manager of your pain, recognize your hard work and reward yourself when you reach your goals or successfully make it through a bad day. Rewards are great ways to reinforce the positive changes you're making in your life. Treat yourself to something enjoyable to celebrate your accomplishments.
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