Over 100 million Americans —1 out of 3 people — live with chronic pain.
That situation is associated with over 100 general categories of medical conditions. It affects more people in the US than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
The U.S. Pain Foundation publishes extensive free resources about pain, including the website, “Learn About Your Pain.” Visitors can click on a pain disorder to find:
- A definition and description of the disorder
- What people are saying
- Possible co-morbidities
- Treatment options
- Complementary therapies
- Best nutrition
- Best exercise regime
- Local support groups
- Links to other organizations and websites
Categories of pain covered span acute pain, arthritis, back pain, chronic migraines, diabetic neuropathy, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), sciatica and a host of others.
Self-management of chronic pain—becoming educated, problem solving, pain-tracking, pacing oneself and finding ways to cope—adds exponentially to reducing pain and gaining function, according to the U.S. Pain Foundation. So help spread the word about this important resource. Follow the organization on Twitter at @AmericanPainSoc.