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Chronic pain can adversely affect the physical and social activities of a person as well as their emotional well-being. The aim of pain management is to reduce those effects so that patients can carry on with the day to day activities that were routine before pain became problematic. One of the most important steps during pain management is developing a treatment plan. Talk with your doctor about the length of time you should stay on a medication, whether or not it is working for you, and the side effects experienced. The treatment plan should be tailored to meet the needs of each individual because each person responds differently to pain and pain treatments. With good communication, the goal of a pain treatment plan is to reduce pain, and improve quality of life.