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 either case, chronic pain can be and often is disabling. Because so many of our clients are affected by chronic pain, we thought a discussion of the organization that provides information, support and education for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions might be helpful.
The American Chronic Pain Association’s mission:
- 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 can provide valuable information for our clients and their families 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, 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 and many of our clients suffer from one or more of these conditions.
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 if you have a private or employer-provided disability plan and you chose to make a claim for benefits, this group’s website can be a valuable resource for you in researching how to 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 that is considered the current standard of care. One of the requirements of most disability policies is that the claimant be undergoing ongoing treatment for the disabling condition. This website provides information that helps you to understand exactly what type of care that is for a particular condition.
For those of you with a chronic pain condition or who care about someone with a chronic pain condition, if you have not already done so, take some time to visit the ACPA’s website.