By Ed Coghlan.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers and friends of the National Pain Report.
Over the year, I have had the pleasure speaking with many of you—by email or in person—and learning more about your own unique—and often challenging—life stories.
Chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting for weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain has real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health.
We continue to be educated by many of you and experts in the field about what a very challenging time it is for the chronic pain community.
The pressure on opioid prescribing, the lack of access for many to alternative therapies, and federal government resistance to the benefit of medical marijuana are just some of the issues that are “top of mind” for our readers.
There are many more to be sure.
But, since it is Thanksgiving, we thought we’d take a day to celebrate with our families which we hope that you are able to do.
And, in what is becoming an annual event – we’d like to ask our readers and friends to tell us what you are thankful for this year.
We invite you to share your comments at the end of this story – and we’ll take some of the more interesting ones in a future story.
So, whether it’s your family, friends, providers, your faith, a pet or something else – please share it with us.
Research shows that expressing gratitude can actually help your overall well-being – and what you say may bring comfort to other readers.
So, share away!
In the meantime, let us wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from Ed Coghlan and your friends at the National Pain Report.