U.S. Pain launches survey on chronic pain and COVID-19

U.S. Pain launches survey on chronic pain and COVID-19

An easy conversation starter with anyone these days is how they are enduring the brave new world of COVID-19—the practice of social distance and personal hygiene are parts of our normal route.

But for many chronic pain patients, the COVID-19 public health emergency has proven to be another hurdle in a quest for care.

That’s prompted our friends at the U.S. Pain Foundation to launch a survey that asks:

How is COVID-19 impacting your life, including your pain care?

Last week, the organization released a 10-minute survey with questions ranging from what precautions you are taking to protect yourself from COVID-19 to whether you’ve faced roadblocks in filling pain prescriptions over telehealth. The deadline to complete the survey is April 8.

“Your response to this survey will help us understand how to better advocate for you,” says interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway. “It will also help us decide what types of programs and services are most helpful to our community.”

The survey can be found here.

Webinar Tonight:

So far, U.S. Pain has offered a handful of webinars on topics related to the pandemic. The next one is Tuesday night (April 7) at 7 pm ET, “Chronic Pain & COVID-19: Navigating Uncharted Waters,” with two academic researchers: Ed Bilsky, PhD, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, and Meghan May, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of New England. The event can be joined via Zoom.

COVID-19 And Pain Care:

The National Pain Report has reported this week on how COVID-19 is impacting people’s access to doctor appointments and care. Some readers have been reporting success with telemedicine and actually are finding their care unchanged; others have encountered more difficulty.

Filling out the survey will help inform all of us.


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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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I have been on oxycodone for bout 30 yrs from chronic Lyme disease & 3 inoperable ruptured disk. I relocated to Dallas TX area bout 2 months ago so I’ve repeatedly searched for a pain specialist in this area & because of this coronavirus no doctors are seeing patients so I’ve done 3 phone appts wth pain docs & their answers to me is they have to c me in person before they can give me my needed pain meds. I’ve had to go to the ER to get pain shots but they keep saying they can’t keep doing this. What in the world are we supposed to do. If u have an answer will u plz email or text me plz? I can’t stand this pain. God bless, Brenda Pitts Bennett 580 760-5279. bbpittsbennett@gmail.com

Stacie Wagner

Thanks Ed! Please take care, this community continues to need your insight and gifts. God bless 🙏

Thomas Wayne Kidd

My doctor is still being a jerk, insisting that I see him in person. Seems that things will have to get much worse before many people will understand just what is actually happening.

Maureen M.

Thanks Ed. I did the survey :-). Keep strong and keep safe!

3 of every 4 Italian cotizens who died from COVID-19, were being treated for high blood pressure before they got infected. Why is that 1-2 punch so deadly?

This writer is on Day 34 of bronchitis that may have been Covid. I have not had the test to confirm what it was. What was unusual about this virus, compared to the flu,, was how thick the mucus was. Coughing it up was brutal. Dairy products made it thicker. Caffeine made it thicker. Relaxing and drinking a lot of water helped.thin it out. The makers of Mucinex earned their money on me…once I started recoveeing, it made for a huge improvement in the cough. I avoided over-the-counter cough medicines: Dextromethorphan raises the blood pressure and for me, is not helpful.

Would prescription cough medicine that contains codeine have been helpful? Absolutely it would have. For many years there have been cough meds prescribed, that contain a benzodiazepine and some codeine, an opiate. The hysteria spread by Andrew Kolodny and his PROP cultists, insists that these proven safe remedies are harmful. They base their belief on the fact that when massive doses of benzodiazepine muscle relaxants are given during surgery, doctors need to insert a breathing tube and put the patient on a ventilator. They somehow conflated this known medical fact, into a fear that low doses were harmful. In the process, they shielded Mexico’s crime cartels from prosecution for selling illegally-made cocaine and heroin that were adulterated with fentanyl. Last week a CDC report cane out, admitting that the rise in overdose deaths that struck in 2015-2019, were caused by illicitly-made fentanyl.

How many billions of dollars did the crime cartels win, by the PROP cult’s 2015 takeover attempt at CDC, that launched attacks on doctors and pain patients? Were kickbacks paid by the cartels, to finance these crimes against humanity? . These are questions worth asking, as we recover.