• to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain; and • to raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.
Many of our clients suffer from chronic pain. This organization can provide valuable information to all who suffer from chronic pain. Topics include: pain awareness, pain medications and treatments and pain management tools.
The ACPA’s website contains an extensive library with resources for people suffering from a great many conditions that result in chronic pain, such as: arthritis, back pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraine, Osteoarthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Spinal Stenosis and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. These are just some of the conditions for which the ACPA has many resources.
The website also offers helpful suggestions on living with chronic pain and coping with the trials and difficulties that result from suffering from pain on a daily, non-ending basis.
In addition to providing assistance with coping with pain, the website can also serve as a valuable resource if you choose to make a disability claim. If you are diagnosed with a chronic pain condition and the pain becomes disabling, you should take advantage of any benefits you may have under either a private or employer-provided disability plan. If you meet the criteria for disability benefits and you chose to make a claim for benefits, this group’s website can be a valuable resource for you in researching how to provide evidence of your condition to the insurance company. Though such evidence may not be requested with an initial claim, it is always a good idea to provide as much information and evidence as you can when first making your claim. Of course, if your claim is denied, it then becomes essential to supplement the information initially provided, and for this, your must consult with your treating physicians, and all other resources available to you to help show the insurance company why its claim denial was improper. The ACPA website can help with this.
If you have not already done so, take this opportunity to visit the ACPA’s website.