Many of our clients suffer from chronic pain. For some, chronic pain is a symptom of an underlying condition, and for others it is the main condition. In in either case, chronic pain can be and often is disabling. Because so many of our clients are affected by chronic pain, we want to spotlight and make people aware of an organization that provides information, support and education for those who suffer from chronic pain.
The American Chronic Pain Association’s mission is:
- 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.
This organization provides valuable information on topics that 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 various conditions that result in chronic pain, such as: arthritis, back pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, 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 offers information and resources. Since many of our clients suffer from one or more of these conditions, we often refer them to the ACPA for additional guidance, including helpful suggestions on coping with the trials and difficulties that result from suffering with pain on a daily basis.
The ACPA website can also serve as a valuable resource if you choose to make a disability claim. The site can help you understand the claim process and offer valuable information to help prove that your condition and its symptoms are disabling. This information can also provide you with an understanding of the nature of your condition and the type of treatment your should seek. One of the requirements of most goup long term disability (ERISA), and individual disability policies is that the claimant be undergoing appropriate, ongoing treatment for the disabling condition. ACPA provides information on exactly what type of care is appropiate for a particular condition.
For those of you with a chronic pain condition, or who care about someone with a chronic pain condition, we recommend you take some time to visit the ACPA’s website.