The nation’s largest consumer advocacy organization dedicated to helping persons in pain. In the month of September they lift off nationwide in their Conquering Pain Together campaign. In their efforts to raise awareness of the issues of pain persons suffer a virtual march on Washington is planned. Everyone is welcome to join this major event. The APF is about increasing knowledge in communities across the nation to make alternations of pain management in a positive way.
Just recently had released a statement requesting the medical society, regulators and concerned stakeholders to make known what their ethical responsibility is to all the millions of persons in the United States that battle chronic pain. Currently chronic pain sufferers do not get the full benefits of legal, safe or sufficient choices in care for their pain management. Some persons receive medications that just simply do not work others are not offered pain medications at all. They also wish alternative therapies to become part of a persons choice in pain management. Right now individuals are offered very few choices. Chronic pain is not looked at as a disease condition it is viewed more of on the level of a cold or few that will become better in a few days with a pill or two. The APF are still in a fight to help persons receive proper pain care in which currently is not being offered.
Persons who suffer chronic pain are stigmatized. Society has ideas and notions about those who suffer from chronic pain. Among them is the idea that the pain persons feel is psychological or as days go by the person should be able to deal with it. If persons who endure chronic pain decide to brave narcotics they receive deeming looks of accusations as if they are just asking to score a drugs because their drug dealer has moved out-of-town. People who suffer from chronic pain or not hypochondriacs, addicts, or just spinning a tale for attention. They are in true excruciating pain, a pain that is endured for days and months on end. Instead of receiving the help they deserve to help alleviate the pain symptoms they just become a group or a type of persons who are simply discriminated upon.
There are healthcare professionals out there that do agree with the discrimination thereoy. They agree that being stigmatized is just making the issue for pain sufferers a whole lot worse. They become depressed, feel demoralized and feel guilt for being in pain as if they it is their fault.
Other health professionals have stated that their chronic pain patients are suffering frustration over the way the public is viewing them. Person presume if a person looks great they must be feeling fine not realizing that the smile they are wearing is really hiding the immense pain they are currently feeling in their body. Strangers, friends and even family as sadly as it is but so true look at chronic pain suffers with a curious doubting look upon their faces making those statements of shouldn’t you be doing better by now it has been awhile. They to at times treat it is as if it is just a head cold and nothing serious.
Awareness of chronic pain is slowly now being recognized for what it truly is an enduring pain that keeps on continually being present inside your body one that you cannot run and hide from. Articles written on chronic pain may seem annoying to persons and I admit highly and gladly yes I do write them a lot. I have endured chronic pain myself and hear from my sister how much it had hurt her today.
So if it takes a million and one writers to raise awareness on the issue of chronic pain so be it. The more the public is aware of chronic pain then little by little with a lot of hope persons who suffer chronic pain will no longer be stigmatized.
Currently professional literature is giving indications of a change in the area of chronic pain for the better. Patients are even gathering together and speaking out about chronic pain and how it has affected their lives. Chronic pain is gaining publicity a little bit each and every day.
This is what the APF is just trying to do. To get awareness out there and let persons know this is not a simple sprain or cold that goes away in a little while.
The American Pain Foundation is a major network of all types of persons who have to live with pain. It also consists of caregivers, healthcare practitioners, advocates, professionals and organization that hold the same belief of chronic pain. That persons with chronic pain deserve prompt and adequate treatment and should not be judged.
The APF goal is a very heart warming and realistic one:
To heighten public awareness about the myths of chronic pain and how it is so badly under treated.
Advocating for an appropriate pain policy, legislation and practice.
Advancement in national and state based media and educational efforts
Work with persons and organizations in order to develop a nationwide pain improvement movement
“Conquering Pain Together”.
The “Conquering Pain Together” had started out as a joint September Pain Awareness Campaign, Conquering Pain Together since then it has now become a year round alliance to build and assemble a greater pain movement in the efforts to provide care for all pain persons.
According to statistics from the CDC there are 76.5 million Americans who suffer with pain which endures more than one day. Reality does show that there are more persons who suffer with pain than there are persons who have cancer or diabetes. A lot of persons who have pain just simply do not receive adequate or care given in a timely fashion.
The APF is asking everyone to help bring awareness to the world on behalf of the millions of pain suffers. You can register with the APF as a member and join the action network. As a member you will receive important information and action alerts. You can also complete an advocacy survey to let the APF know how you would like to take part in the involvement and any skills you may have to offer.
Pain Aid is the APF’s support group community. You can communicate with other persons enduring pain, ask questions, share anything you may have learned or just read the posts.
They will also be holding numerous events throughout the month and year. You can check the event schedule online at APF.
Network leadership directory is available which will connect you to your state leaders.
Information, support and resources can be obtained directly from APF by calling 1-888-615-7246 by email at email@example.com and you can also mail them at:201 N. Charles Street, Suite 710, Baltimore, MD 21201-4111
You can even join them the social network way
Twitter: www.twitter.com/painadvocacy for information
Twitter: www.twitter.com/americanpain for the current news
So please help those that suffer from chronic pain and spread the word this month and throughout the year. This condition needs to be known as it actually is and not treated with prejudice.
American Pain Foundation