Raising Awareness About Chronic Pain
September is National Pain Awareness Month, and though it doesn’t get a lot of media attention, we consider Pain Awareness Month to be one of the most important months of the year.
Chronic pain can be difficult to explain to others because the condition does not exhibit any significant physical symptoms. Many patients find that family and friends might think they are exaggerating the pain, and they may even try to ignore the symptoms. Consequently, many of the 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain do so silently. To help change this, we recognize and celebrate Pain Awareness Month, a time to encourage discussions about chronic pain and raise awareness about pain-related issues.
Let’s Talk About Pain
Pain Awareness Month is about educating yourself and your family on the realities of living with certain chronic conditions. One way of shedding light on the issues surrounding chronic pain is to encourage those suffering from chronic pain to share their stories and experiences with their community. That’s why the Pain Awareness Month theme for 2019 is “Let’s Talk About Pain.”
At PRC Alliance Pain Relief Centers, we are committed to advocating for patients in pain, and we’re proud to provide a platform for patients to share their experiences and show their support. And while our board certified pain physicians may provide treatment options and offer comfort from your pain, here are a few ways you can bring awareness to others about chronic pain:
Advocate. Talk to your friends and family about what this month means to you, and encourage them to tell your story. You can also call your local government, community leaders or local media and tell them about this month and encourage them to help support the cause.
Volunteer. Volunteering for other chronic pain patients, and knowing you are helping others, can boost your mood. It also spreads the message that yes, even though chronic pain patients don’t appear physically sick, they require just as much care as others suffering from physical chronic illnesses.
Write. Nobody understands the impact of chronic pain better than a chronic pain patient. By sharing your experiences, you have the opportunity to bring value to someone else who may be experiencing chronic pain. Try reaching out to online news outlets and blogs – they may be interested in your story and accept an opinion piece to share with their audience. Or, share your experience with your social network (start simple by updating your profile photo to show your support for Pain Awareness Month!).
Collaborate. Because pain affects so many people, there are many different communities and organizations you can reach out to. If you attend a support group, or know of other people suffering from chronic pain, you could get together to raise awareness and let everyone know that you’re all in this together!
To help spread awareness of the impact of chronic pain, download and share our Pain Awareness Month infographic. For more information about how you can get involved and support those living with chronic pain, visit the American Chronic Pain Association or U.S. Pain Foundation.