About 30-40% of patients and their families are able to cope with RAP without needing specialized care once they understand the following points:
- First of all, we must acknowledge the pain as real. Although it is oriented as a psychological and not an organic symptom, the child feels the pain.
- It is a benign disorder. Even though it is a chronic process, it does not imply a risk to the patient’s life or risk of surgery for this reason.
- It is essential to resume normal daily life and recover normal activities. The resumption of activities (school and extracurricular) is intended to distract the brain from being aware of the pain.
- It is recommended that the child follow a varied and balanced diet, with daily fruit and vegetables, and to prioritize unrefined grains and avoid excessive sugar consumption.
- Triggers and secondary gains should be avoided (or addressed).
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