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Carrying on physical activity to the point of unmanageable pain or exhaustion is rarely helpful. It is tempting to try and finish things or 'push through the pain' but this usually makes pain or tiredness worse and is discouraging. Taking regular breaks in activities, changing position, resting briefly between activities or doing stretches throughout the day can all help.

Practising and regularly setting goals and using pacing techniques can together help you to achieve many of the activities that persistent pain may initially have 'stolen' from you.