by Ed Coghlan
First of all, let all of us at The National Pain Report wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that each of you and your families have a great day today and a restful and physically and emotionally nourishing weekend.
We have plenty to be thankful for.
We have made thousands of new friends this year, who have subscribed to our news site and who, sometimes aggressively but always passionately, comment on stories that we do. We have identified a number of new columnists who lend their perspective for consideration by you and other chronic pain sufferers/survivors.
Our goal has been to advance knowledge and discussion in the chronic pain community. Our feeling is that we are making progress toward that goal but also are understanding we have much more to do.
This has been a trying year to be sure. The impact of the CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing has been an incendiary event—and many of our readers have suffered. My phone rings every week with a story from someone whose access to their medication has been denied and they don’t know what to do.
The National Pain Report has written extensively on the issue—as well as openly wondering why when the “crackdown on opioid use” occurred the government didn’t have any alternative recommendations for treatment.
But let us focus on Thanksgiving.
We’d like to ask you to share a simple thought.
What are you thankful for?
Please use our comment section and share your thoughts. We’d like to share some of them with our readers in future colums.
On this day, you may want to write about your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers, your physician and their staff or others who make your journey with chronic pain tolerable (or at least easier).
You may have found unique ways to deal with your pain—meditation, exercise, alternative therapies, diet or another idea. Share it and tell us why it worked for you and it might inspire others to try it and, more importantly, benefit from it.
Whatever your story, share something.
We’d love to hear and to share.
And, again, Happy Thanksgiving!