DID YOU KNOW…
Pain is not felt UNTIL the brain has processed signals indicating injury
I wanted to share some FANTASTIC RESOURCES stumbled across on the journey to understand chronic pain. SO blessed to have access to the internet!
In no particular order!
The amount of detail and resources available on these sites make every one of these sites #1 in my humble opinion.
1.) The American Academy of Pain Medicine
I was really draw to the Patient Center. I found myself spending hours on this site going through general pain overview information.
2.) American Chronic Pain Association
Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools on our site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life.
I appreciate ACPA’s commitment to awareness. I was able to purchase this months support t-shirt and bracelet via this site.
3.) Advanced Pain Management
This is a pain management group. What caught my attention was the section of website labeled
Patient resources>Pain awareness month.
You will find some interesting facts and information on pain awareness.
*Please note I am not endorsing or suggesting their services. I stumbled upon this site doing my personal research for this month’s project.
4.) International Association for the Study Of Pain
The advocacy section of the site is fantastic. I learned a great deal about the pain associated with headaches form their fact sheets.
Intensive libraries covering back, migraine, cancer, neuropathic and arthritis pain. I was very impressed with a medication safety library.
P.S. YES I realize… some of these sites are supported by pharmaceutical companies ( This seems to be the case with several large health information databases.) There are still GEMS of information you can find. As my Gram would say… “Mija… pray for the gift of discernment.”
I’m a pediatrician and anesthesiologist so I put children to sleep for a living (insert laughing audience…hahahaha). And I’m an academic so I put audiences asleep for free…
Bah dum CHING! Who doesn’t appreciate a doctor with a sense a humor.
While combing through chronic pain content for this month’s 12-12-12 project, I stumbled upon an awesome YouTube video.
You gotta check out Elliot Krane’s Ted Talk: The Mystery Of Chronic Pain.
It’s 8 minutes, 30 seconds, of rapid fire knowledge, spreading optimistic hope for the future of chronic pain.
*Heads up vestibular crowd. Ted Talk intro has a rotating, flying all over the place, animation.
You hit your elbow on the table, shooting pain runs up your arm, and you yell out “ouch!”. Many of us have encountered a similar scenario. In that moment of pain you may be irritable, distracted, tense, even inpatient. The pain is sharp, intense, and after a few distractions the pain has subsided, and you go about your day. I have just shared with you an acute pain scenario.
Acute pain described by Web MD:
Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body…Acute pain may be mild and last just a moment, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months.
Have you considered what it would be like if that sharp, intense pain, never went away? You were forced to live in a chronic state of pain even if the injury is considered healed. Try and imagine the emotional and physical distress that mounts.
Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years.
I admit, in the past minimizing a person’s suffering when I heared words like, chronic lower back pain, knee pain, joint pain, disregarding and not understanding the severity of chronic pain. With this newfound knowledge, I hope that we all reconsider how we treat people who bravely share with us that they are suffering from chronic pain.
So pumped to have gotten in this months awareness t-shirt and bracelet.
Chronic Pain fact via the American Academy of Pain Medicine
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.
According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, 100 million Americans suffer from Chronic Pain.
Chronic pain not only involves the person with pain, but the family as well.
Almost two-thirds (59%) reported an impact on their overall enjoyment of life.
74% said their energy level is impacted by their pain.
This month’s 12-12-12 project will feature Dale Lehn, living with chronic pain. In 2001, Dale was happily living life with his family enjoying a successful sales management career in information technology. He was returning home from the beach when a simple sneeze alerted him of a much greater problem. He quickly went from undergoing an MRI to having a benign tumor removed from his spinal cord. The tumor returned in 2005 leaving Dale restricted to a wheelchair. Dale has worked to enhance his life condition and is the cofounder of chronicpainanonymous.org I look forward to learning more about Dale’s experience and spreading awareness about chronic pain.