Pain Tools

A series of twelve videos and tools designed and developed by The Pain Toolkit's Pete Moore to help you learn and understand self pain management.

10 Setback Plan

Have a setback plan

Is it unrealistic to not have a setback plan?

The simple answer is NO! Developing a setback plan is good pain self management. Ask your healthcare provider if you need help in making one if you are not sure.

Make a note of what triggered your setback and what helped. This could be useful information if and when you experience another. There is an example of a setback plan below.

Having a setback plan

It is not realistic to think that you will never have a setback ever again. Remember if you are an over achiever, it is easy to forget to pace yourself and in turn you may experience a setback! So the first thing not to do is panic, but many people do. It is best to have a setback plan if one occurs.

Setbacks are usually caused by doing too much - overdoing it, pressure from others, or just forgetting you have a pain problem. Don’t get annoyed with yourself, it is common to occasionally have setbacks.

If you are not sure how to prepare a setback plan ask your GP or health care professional for help.

Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit

Yes we will experience setbacks. Why, because we are over-doers and want to keep up with others. It's always best to have setback plan when we have problems.  Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit