September is Pain Awareness Month
Chronic pain can be overwhelming and take away a large portion of someone’s identity, freedom and in many cases personhood. The month of September has been declared Pain Awareness Month. Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management.
The Pain Awareness Month was established in 2001, by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) which led a coalition of 80 organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups.
The key to raising awareness is to get involved and communicate. Some of the things that you can do to help promote Pain Awareness Month are:
- Talk with Friends & Family and let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month.
- Share on social media accounts that September is Pain Awareness Month.
- Talk with your Healthcare Provider and let them know that September is Pain Awareness Month.
- Call your local government and community leaders to let them know about Pain Awareness Month and issues of pain and pain management.
- Call your local media and ask them if they are doing a story on Pain Awareness Month.
Did you know?
The pain that you experience may not go away completely, but it is possible to lead a productive life in spite of the pain. It has been proven that pain management coping skills can, in many cases, decrease pain. There are no miracle cures for chronic pain, but there are, indeed, ways to cope with the problem.
Medications and treatments, along with pain management techniques like relaxation, pacing, and exercise, can play a big role in reducing pain and improving quality of life. But bodies and medical conditions differ; what helps your friend may not be good for you, so ask your healthcare provider. He or she is your best resource in finding the treatment approach that will balance the risks and rewards of any treatment in your unique situation.
To find out more about the chronic pain, please visit the Consumer’s Guide of the American Chronic Pain Association.