By Ed Coghlan.
As September approaches, we are all reminded it is Pain Awareness Month. We believe it is a month to additional voice to people in pain, their loved ones, people who treat it, companies who provide treatments and others.
So we’d like to hear your story which we might publish as commentary on the National Pain Report.
In the years we’ve been covering chronic pain; it’s hard to remember a time that is more challenging.
· The National Pain Strategy-which was adopted with such fanfare last year—continues to dawdle in the federal bureaucracy. The promised research and education have not even begun yet.
· The opioid controversy has intensified, if anything. Politicians continue to demagogue the issue. Supply is being impacted. Physicians are prescribing less and patients’ traditional access to them for pain has been impacted. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to change.
· Alternatives to opioids are not being developed and pain patients are increasingly being left to fend for themselves in order to go about their daily lives.
· Non-traditional therapies are being promoted—as patients continue to look for alternatives.
So what’s a chronic pain sufferer/warrior/patient to do?
What have you been doing?
We’d like to share some of the personal experiences that our readers have had as they deal with chronic pain.
If you’d like to share your story-we’d love to consider publishing it.
Please send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we are looking for is 500-to-700 word blog:
1. What is the cause of chronic pain for you (or your loved one or patient)?
2. How it has impacted your life?
3. What you’re doing to treat it/deal with it?
4. What other chronic pain patients/sufferers/warriors can learn from it.
We will be happy to help you craft your “story” if you haven’t written anything before. We may not publish everyone’s story-but will publish a cross-section that hopefully will inform and perhaps inspire our readers.