September is Pain Awareness Month
This Straight, No Chaser acknowledges that September is Pain Awareness Month.
In the midst of all the conversation about the national opioid epidemic, many of those suffering from acute and chronic pain are finding themselves lost in the struggle. Better public education regarding expectations, beliefs, and understanding about pain are all important. Additional measures include professional education and training for better, comprehensive, and integrated pain management.
The Scope of Ongoing Pain
Recent reports on chronic pain estimate that chronic pain affects approximately 50 million U.S. adults. Furthermore, high-impact chronic pain (i.e., interfering with work or life most days or every day) affects approximately 20 million U.S. adults. Are you part of this statistic?
Better Pain Awareness Strategies
More than even, patients need to be educated about expectations and consequences of accepting different forms of treatment for pain management. Start with understanding that even as your pain is real, it doesn’t necessarily require narcotics. Also, appreciate that the use of narcotics come with risks and consequences.
Better Pain Management Strategies
Understand that physicians are balancing competing concerns. Your treatment for pain involves more than just the dispensing of narcotics.
In fact there are national strategies emerging.
- Here is the 2016 National Pain Strategy. (https://iprcc.nih.gov/sites/default/files/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy_508C.pdfpdf iconexternal icon)
- Here is the 2017 Federal Pain Research Strategy. (https://iprcc.nih.gov/Federal-Pain-Research-Strategy/Overviewexternal icon)
Better pain management is also a major element in addressing the current opioid crisis. Additional information is available from the US Department of Health and Human Services here.
Wait, There’s More
Read these additional Straight, No Chaser posts to round out your knowledge during Pain Awareness Month.
- Your Questions about Chronic pain and Management
- Chronic Pain – What You and Your Physicians Can Do to Help
- Getting Your Pain Treated at the Emergency Room in the Midst of an Opioid Epidemic
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