Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects each sufferer differently. It flares and calms down. Those of us with chronic pain just want enough relief that we can function. I’ve found that the more resources I have in my toolbox, the greater my chances are of making my pain manageable. What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. I put this list of helpful resources together to give you ideas to try. Many of these have helped me. May they help you have more “less pain” days.
If you live outside of the United States, do a web search to see what local resources are available to you.
Also, local hospitals or clinics may have pain support groups. Your doctor’s office may also be able to direct you to local resources.
“What Really Helps People With Chronic Pain” Course by Esther Smith. I’ve taken this 8 week course and found it very helpful.
Books About Pain Relief
by Sarah Anne Shockley
Pain Relief Resources
Easy Ways to Improve Your Pain Right Now by Kathryn Hogan:
Eleven Must Have Items For Your Chronic Pain Flare Kit:
6 Tips For Better Sleep With Chronic Pain:
Web MD Pain Management Health Center: Covers all things pain related.
National Pain Report:
“The National Pain Report is the leading online news site dedicated to the coverage of chronic pain. We feature the latest developments in the treatment of chronic pain, public policy impacting chronic pain as well (as) comments from leading pain specialists and columns from chronic pain sufferers.”
Handling Chronic Pain When Your Medical Team Fails You
My Pain/Fatigue Friendly Yoga Links:
Back Pain Blues? A Physiotherapist Shares Some Tips:
The Comprehensive Guide To Back and Neck Pain: Causes, Relief, and Treatment
Suicide and Chronic Pain
If you and your family are having trouble coping, seek out local mental health services. If you are desperate for relief, and thinking about suicide, please tell someone about it. Call your local suicide hotline or go to your local emergency room. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the United States is 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit http://www.suicide.org/
There is also available a Text line:
Text CONNECT to 741741 in the United States.
Finally, whatever you do, please don’t give up. Keep searching until you find the help you need.
Chronic Pain Organizations
Finally, these organizations provide support, education, advocacy, and research.