Pain Sufferers: Reduce Disability, Anxiety and 12% of Your Pain By Doing… What?

Pain Sufferers: Reduce Disability, Anxiety and 12% of Your Pain By Doing… What?

There was an ad running recently that had the punch line of, “it must be true, I read it on the internet.”

The truth is that the internet is a place that many chronic pain patients use to find and communicate information, and talk with other pain patients through social media.

But seldom do patients go online to actually address their pain symptoms.

That may be changing in the coming months.

People suffering in chronic pain may be able to reduce their symptoms and the frequency of doctor visits by doing one simple thing: Use online pain management tools.

That’s what researchers out of Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia are saying.

They recruited 490 people who suffer in chronic pain. They split the group up into one of three groups, where one group had regular contact with their doctors, another group had optional contact with their doctors, and a third group with no contact with their doctors.

What the researchers found was interesting. Regardless of how much contact participants had with their doctors, they all experienced significant reductions in disability, anxiety and average pain levels.

After eight weeks in the study, patients had average reductions of at least 18% in disability, 32% for anxiety, 36% for depression and 12% in their pain levels. The study group maintained these improvements even after three months.

“While face-to-face pain management programs are important, many adults with chronic pain can benefit from programs delivered via the internet, and many of them do not need a lot of contact with a clinician in order to benefit,” lead study author Blake Dear, told Fox News.

National Pain Report wants to know if you use online pain management tools, and if you believe they help you save time, money and most importantly help reduce pain symptoms.

Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Teresa at 9:11 am

    Seriously people! Pain medicine relieves pain. Relieve my pain you relieve my stress. Its as simple as that. I have intractable pain from arachnoiditis. All the courses in the world are not going to relieve my pain. Im willing to try anything for relief but honestly the only thing that relieves my pain is opiates. If the people making these stupid laws and assinine courses felt our pain for one hour they would knock this craziness off.

  2. Janet at 2:59 pm

    This study refers to a specific 8 week online pain management program that was developed by Macquarie University. It has an excellent reputation and they have seen some very good results. It is still in trial phase, but I think it will be a very useful tool when it becomes generally available.

  3. Karisa at 9:03 pm

    Hi friends, its fantastic piece of writing about teachingand
    fully defined, keep it up all the time.

  4. mary at 7:18 pm

    Wish they had given some examples in this article

  5. Rev. Shawn Smith at 1:47 pm

    Yes I have tried online tools for Pain but had no positive results just a waste of time

  6. Idalia Garcia at 12:41 pm

    I have read about all sorts of cure all products out there but don’t waste my money on them. My daughter bought me some lotion many years ago and of course it didn’t work so I stick to what the doctors give me.

  7. Deb at 10:32 am

    I would have really liked the article to site some of the websites that were used by the patients that reduced their pain, anxiety, and depression. It great that they give us the results but help us out by telling us specifically what was used.

  8. Beth at 10:09 am

    I started a Facebook page with a few others that help support people from around the globe with people that have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome it’s called EDSTODAY (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). We have close to 5000 members and it has changed the lives of many people that feel isolated. We are like the family you never haved. It takes a village to run the group and it’s a lot of work but it helps so many people and the rewards are endless.