Updated 2/14/2022. The only affiliate link below is The Pain Companion.
Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects each sufferer differently. It flares and calms down. Those of us with chronic pain just want enough relief that we can function. I’ve found that the more pain resources I have in my toolbox, the greater my chances are of making my pain manageable. What works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. I put this list of helpful resources together to give you ideas to try. Many of these have helped me. May they help you have more “less pain” days.
If you live outside of the United States, do a web search to see what local resources are available to you.
Also, local hospitals or clinics may have pain support groups. Your doctor’s office may also direct you to local resources.
Courses On Pain Relief Resources
“What Really Helps People With Chronic Pain” Course by Esther Smith. I’ve taken this 8 week course and found it very helpful.
Books About Pain Relief
by Sarah Anne Shockley
Pain Relief Resources
6 Tips For Better Sleep With Chronic Pain:
Handling Chronic Pain When Your Medical Team Fails You
Back Pain Blues? A Physiotherapist Shares Some Tips:
Suicide and Chronic Pain Resources
Next, if you and your family are having trouble coping, seek local mental health services. If you are desperate for relief, and thinking about suicide, please tell someone about it. Call your local suicide hotline or go to your local emergency room. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the United States is 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
There is also a Text line available:
Text CONNECT to 741741 in the United States.
Finally, whatever you do, please don’t give up. Keep searching until you find the help you need. You are worth it!!
Chronic Pain Organizations
Finally, these organizations provide support, education, advocacy, and research.
I hope these pain resources will give you new things to try and encouragement for the journey. There are also other posts on this site about the subject of pain which you can access here: https://www.upbeatliving.net/category/chronic-pain/
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Till next time, Kathy