Have a question about chronic pain treatment?
Pain Management experts will be on Twitter to answer your question on Thursday September 24 starting at 1 pm eastern time as part of an observation of September as Pain Awareness Month.
The chat is being sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the U.S. Pain Foundation.
Chronic pain affects more than 100 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine. Chronic pain can take over your life, preventing you from getting good, restorative sleep, eating properly, being active and fully enjoying activities and time with your family.
Here’s what you do.
Use the hashtag #Pain101 and submit a question on Twitter and a pain management expert will answer the question. You can submit the question anytime before or during the start of the chat. (Here’s how you can register in advance)
The National Pain Report will be supporting this effort on our own social media (our Twitter handle is @NatPainReport).
The American Society of Anesthesiologists issued a press release earlier this month to discuss technologies that are available for chronic pain patients
The U.S. Pain Foundation is a consumer organization that has been promoting September as Pain Awareness Month.
It also has been promoting the messaging of the National Pain Strategy which is expected to be released sometime this year.
The four core messages are:
- Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
- Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
- Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
- Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
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