Medication and pain

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When I ask medical students about pain, they often think first about pain-killers - that's what we get taught most about in medical school!
While pain-killers, or analgesics,  can sometimes help you manage pain or help you to do what you want to do, they may not address the underlying cause of your pain (see Pain info).
Most patients tell me that their analgesics "just take the edge off" or that they dull the pain a little. 
So if you are on pain-killers it can be useful to use the 5 A's to help you and your doctor to decide how much help they are.  

Crystal's Story looks at whether cutting down medication might help 

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