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Welcome To Our Pain Page

Pain is not anything new for me. I have been living with pain issues for 23 years now.

To learn more about me and my conditions you may visit
My Story My Pain.


Many of our chronic pain conditions are broken up into separate pages ,so be sure to check out our
Fibromyalgia ,Adhesions, Endometriosis ,Gyn Resources, and
Women's
Health.

Living with chronic pain is not an easy thing to do,
it effects you not only physically but mentally.
It also effects your relationships and loved ones.

Living in chronic pain is all the more difficult,
if you do not know all the facts about your condition,
or have no one to share your feelings with.

Finding a physician who is there to not only treat your pain but,
one that will listen to your fears and concerns is so very important and often times the most difficult.

Support groups are another wonderful way to help us understand all the emotional aspects of living with pain.

Remember each person is an individual so now matter what your condition is, you will not always have the same signs and symptoms as others.
What works for one may not work for others.

This is a very important factor and often even health officials can get caught up in the percentages.
Just because someone else responds well to one treatment does not mean that is always the right treatment for you.


Understanding this and the willing to accept each person as an individual is so important.

Something else that is very important, just because someone may look healthy on the outside do not assume they are in any less pain.
No matter what your condition is, and what type of pain you are in.
I believe any pain is too much pain. It is time for everyone to stand up and be heard, instead of living in silent pain.

Here you will find a collection of information and links to help you in the right direction to understanding your pain .Since there are so many conditions that cause pain, we will adding more shortly.
If you have a condition that causes you pain and it is not listed here.
Please send us an e-mail,  we will be happy to list it here.

Also if you have a web site with a chronic pain condition and would like to be listed on our site again please send us an email.



Chronic pain
affects an estimated 80 million Americans and is the third leading cause of physical impairment in the United States.

New survey sponsored by the American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and Janssen Pharmaceutical has revealed that more than 4 out of 10 people with moderate to severe chronic pain have not found adequate pain relief.



Pain Factors

What can make your pain feel worse?
Increased disease activity
Stress
Overdoing physical activity
Focusing on pain
Fatigue
Anxiety
Depression
What can block pain signals?
Positive attitude and pleasant thoughts
Appropriate exercise
Relaxation
Medications

Massage
Distraction
Topical pain relievers
Humor
Heat and cold treatments




How the Body Controls Pain

Pain signals travel through a system of nerves  in your brain and spinal cord. At times, your body tries to stop these signals by creating chemicals that help block pain signals. These chemicals, called endorphins, are morphine-like painkilling substances that decrease the pain sensation.

Different factors cause the body to produce endorphins. One example is your own thoughts and emotions. For example, a father who is driving his children is hurt in a car accident. He is so worried about his children that he doesn't feel the pain of his own broken arm. The concern for his children has caused the natural release of endorphins, which block the pain signal and prevent him from noticing the pain.

The body also produces endorphins in response to external factors, such as medicine. Codeine is one example of a powerful pain-blocking medication. Other external pain control methods, such as heat and cold treatments, can stimulate the body to either release endorphins or block pain signals in other ways.



Arthritis -'joint inflammation' While it can be is easy to recognize arthritis, many people do not realize that modern medicine has identified over
100 different types of arthritis.

Arthritis Foundation Site Index
Probably one of the best resources on the net.
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Arthritis

Arthritis Index

Your computer and your arthritis


Arthritis Support Groups



Back Pain
is one of the most common health problems in the United States, yet its cause is generally unidentified. It is estimated that 50 to 80 percent of adults have had back pain
at some time.

Back Pain Conditions



Cervical Spondylosis

Arthritis of the Neck
Spinal Stenosis

Spondylolisthesis


Cervical Kyphosis


Scoliosis

Kyphosis


Whiplash Injury


Non-specific back pain might come from muscles or other vertebral structures.



A Patient's Guide to Back Pain

Back and Neck Injury






Abdominal Pain

Arachnoiditis

Burn Pain


Cancer


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Central Pain Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Fibromyalgia


GI Disorders


Headache and TMJ Resources

Leg Pain

Lupus

Lyme Disease


Multiple Sclerosis


Myofascial Pain

National Headache Foundation

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Neuropathic pain

Osteoporosis


Pelvic Pain


Phantom pain

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

Sciatica

Soft Tissue Disease

Somatoform pain disorder

Trigeminal Neuralgia



Chronic Pain Glossary of Terms

According to American Medical Association, each year the lives of Americans are disrupted by 40 million headaches, 36 million back pains, 24 million muscle pains and by 20 million neck pains. Most receive inadequate care because of numerous barriers to receiving appropriate pain treatment. Another 13 million patients suffer from unrelenting, intractable, non-malignant pain. Only a small percentage receives consistent treatment and relief. Even among almost 4 million cancer patients with pain, one-half to three-quarters are inadequately treated and nearly 25% die in severe, unrelieved pain. Of those with advanced cancer, 79% have pain, most of which could be controlled with modern treatment.  



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Ask The Pain Doctor

Check Physician Quality

The Pain Quiz: Acute vs. Chronic Pain

Pain Relief Quiz
How much do you know about relieving pain?



Acupuncture.com


American Academy of Pain Management

American Chronic Pain Association

American Pain Foundation

American Pain Society APS

Chronic Pain Support Group

Circle of Friends with Arachnoiditis


Cluster Headache Help


COPING


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Endometriosis Research Center

Fibro world


Health-Helper


International Spine Intervention Society


Invisible Disabilities Advocate (IDA)


Making Sense of Pain Relief

Medsupport

National Alliance Of The Disabled

Restministries

National Chronic Pain Society

PainAid

Pain Connection


Pain Initiative at the United Nations  


Pain Net, Inc

Pancreatitis Association International (PAI)

Reliefinsite

Tmj Facial Pain Center




Depression in chronic pain patients


When Employment Is Affected By Chronic Pain

Sleeping with pain

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Daily Pain  Diary Worksheet
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Contrary to common fears, numerous studies have shown addiction is extremely rare in pain patients taking opioid drugs,  patients may develop a physical dependence on opioid drugs, but this is not the same thing as addiction.

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Do you need to find a pain specialist
or pain clinic in your area?
Good listing of doctor's.


Pain Clinics
Pain Clinics, Pain Specialists
Pain Psychologists


National Suicide Hotlines USA
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New survey sponsored by the American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and Janssen Pharmaceutical has revealed that more than 4 out of 10 people with moderate to severe chronic pain have not found adequate pain relief.



Support & Pain Resources

American Chronic Pain Assn, P.O. Box 850, Rocklin, CA 95677, (916)632-3280

Natíl Chronic Pain Outreach Assn, Inc., 4922 Hampden Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20814, (301)652-4948

American Lupus Society, 260 Maple Court, Suite 123, Ventura, CA 93003, (800)331-1802

Arthritis Foundation, 1314 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, (800)283-7800

Back Pain Hotline, Texas Back Institute, 6800 W. Parker Road, Plano, TX 75095, (800)247-2225

Crohns & Colitics Fdtn., 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016-8804


Endometriosis Assn, 8585 N. 76th Place, Milwaukee, WI 53223, (800)992-3636

Fibromyalgia Alliance of America, P.O. Box 21988, Columbus, OH 43221, (614)457-4222

Fibromyalgia Network, P.O. Box 31750, Tucson, AZ 85751, (520)290-5550

The Lupus Foundation, 4 Research Place, Suite 180 Rockbille, MD 20850-3226, (800)558-0121

National Headache Foundation, 5252 Northwestern Ave. Chicago, IL 60625, (800)843-2256

RSD Assn of America, 116 Haddon Ave., Suite D Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Spondylitis Assn of America, P.O. Box 5872 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, (800)777-8189

TMJ Foundation, P.O. Box 28275, San Diego, CA 92128, (619)592-9107

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