--Loved Ones Provide Significant Support, But Many Still Struggle
with Pain’s Invisibility, New Survey Finds
The film features a range of stories of people living with chronic pain including a
"We hope that the personal stories told through ‘Pain Matters’ will shed light on the impact of chronic pain on people's lives and will engage and enlighten viewers," said
A new national survey of 1,255 adults with chronic pain and 505 caregivers found that chronic pain is a daily struggle for nearly all people living with it (94%) and many feel that it burdens their closest relationships with loved ones whom they rely on for daily support (82%). According to the
Chronic pain can limit people’s ability to participate in fundamental tasks of daily living. It can also have an impact on a person’s economic, physical and emotional wellbeing. While there are a variety of options available to treat chronic pain, it often cannot be cured, only managed. The goal of pain management is to help the patient improve function and resume day-to-day activities.
The survey results reflect these challenges in pain management. Although most people with pain (69%) experience pain daily, nearly one-third (31%) never or rarely discuss with their healthcare professional whether their treatment plan should be changed.Many people with chronic pain do not often utilize other modalities of pain care like exercise (55%), physical therapy (35%) or psychotherapy (6%), all of which can be important parts of successful pain management.
“The stigma associated with chronic pain can make it hard for people to talk about,” said
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