Learning to live with chronic pain is no easy task. The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center will hold a workshop Feb. 28 to help people understand options for dealing with chronic pain.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Chronic pain management is the topic of a Healthy Chat to be held Feb. 28 at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Sign up now for the free event.

We at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center know we all experience pain.

We all get headaches or the occasional sore back after a long day of yardwork. Now imagine the headache or back pain never goes away. Pain that lasts three to six months or more is considered chronic.

Chronic pain can be handled in many ways but it can be tricky. If you and your doctor decide a prescription pain killer would produce the best results, you might still have difficulty finding the right balance of just the right dosage.

Under the advisement of your doctor you could certainly attack the pain with over-the-counter options. Anytime you start a prescription or an over-the-counter medicine it is a smart to consult with both your doctor and your pharmacist. Your pharmacist has a wealth of knowledge; capitalize on that knowledge and ask questions.

If medications are not an option or if they are only provide partial relief meditation and yoga can work wonders.

John Hill, a Lake Oswego resident and pharmacist, will host a Health Chat from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the center. He will help people understand options for chronic pain management. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and raise concerns you have about prescriptions, other medications and supplements.

The resources for pain management are numerous and keep improving. Register for the free Health Chat and learn how to keep chronic pain from being such a pain.

Remember the LOACC lunch service is being held at the Lake Oswego Golf Course, 17525 S.W. Stafford Road in Lake Oswego while our kitchen floor is being replaced.

The menu this week features chicken Caesar wrap on Friday, Jan. 26; winter salad on Monday, Jan. 29 and beef steakhouse vegetable soup on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else, and lunch is served at noon.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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