Chronic Pain costs both nations Billions in Healthcare and lost productivity, annually.
Pain that does not resolve is the leading cause of family doctor visits and comprises 78 % of emergency room visits.
Chronic pain can occur from a myriad of conditions- ranging from automobile and other accidents, to post -surgery trauma, to migraines, to fibromyalgia.
Surprisingly, it is the most underfunded of all areas in modern medicine, and there has been little to no advancement in research for the past 5 decades. Opioids are still the treatment of choice, due to the lack of monies targeted for specific pain study and research. Why is this so ? A lot of people in pain suffer alone, quietly. Its difficult to be proactive about your condition when you are hurting much of the time, off work and possibly depressed. General practitioners receive minimal training at medical school and so are under- equipped to provide potential solutions to assist you in managing your pain profile.
What can be done about this societal apathy regarding pain ? Pain patients must resolve to have their voices be heard, by any means possible. That can be through letters to the editor, lobbying your local congressman or Member of Parliament, and putting your story forth to the general public through blogging and social media.
Its time to have our voices be heard. Reach out and share your story today.
Chronic Pain Hurts Everyone- Become Part of the Solution.