Chronic pain is prevalent and significantly disrupts functioning. One current theory suggests
that chronic pain is influenced by systemic inflammation. Altered eating (AE) has been shown
to improve chronic pain by reducing inflammation; however it is necessary to consider practicality
and compliance in a real world setting.
Objectives: Evaluate the response and practicality of an educational AE program on perceived pain,
quality of life, and routine for adults with chronic pain.
Methodology: Using single-subject research, an educational AE intervention with three data collection
phases was implemented to explore effects on pain, quality of life, and routine.
Results: Data showed a trend toward reduced pain levels. AE varied based on routine and quality of
life remained relatively stable over time. Increased self-efficacy corresponded with more days of self
Conclusion: AE in real world settings may be beneficial as a self-management approach for chronic
pain management in self-efficacious individuals.