The first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001 when the ACPA (The American Chronic Pain Association) led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups, including the NAACP supported the effort.
Chronic pain is typically caused by an injury or a separate, underlying health condition. The most common pain conditions are back pain, arthritis, and migraine and headache disorders, but there are hundreds of conditions that can cause long-term pain.
The experience of pain is highly individualized, and therefore, often misunderstood. You may be living with chronic pain and likely struggling to explain your pain experience to others. Each person’s story is very personal, and Midwest Neurology & Associates is honored to work with these patients. Or, you may be a caregiver trying to figure out how to comfort someone living with chronic pain. Pain Awareness Month is also an opportunity to extend gratitude for the support of family and friends, the tireless efforts of caregivers to relieve their patients’ sufferings, and the remarkable work by scientists studying pain and new treatments for pain.
Research into safe, effective therapies to prevent or treat pain offers the hope of alleviating tragic suffering and reducing the cost to our nation in the form of hundreds of billions of dollars each year in medical care and lost productivity.
The Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS) is an effort of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) and the National Institutes of Health, Office of Pain Policy to oversee the development of a long-term strategic plan to advance the federal pain research agenda. The strategy is relevant to the missions of all federal agencies and departments that support pain research. To learn more, click here https://www.painconsortium.nih.gov/
Goals of Pain Awareness month:
- Create a greater understanding of chronic pain among healthcare providers, patients, and the community.
- Reduce the stigma associated with chronic pain.
- Break down the barriers to effective pain management.
- Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering.
The U.S. Pain Advocacy Program fights for change for the pain community at the state and federal levels of government. U.S. Pain relies on its volunteer advocates to help make a difference. Whatever your interests and abilities, there’s an opportunity for you!
Midwest Neurology & Associates is committed to advocating for patients in pain and is proud to provide a platform for patients to share their experiences and support. Please share your daily struggle with us so we can share your story with others that are suffering. Please email us at [email protected] and we will call you to highlight your story in hopes that we can share it with others and help them live their best life.