By Dr. Nina Radcliff
I recently read an estimate by health economists at John Hopkins University that puts the annual economic costs linked to chronic pain at $635 billion annually–far greater than for cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. This includes direct costs such as health care and indirect costs resulting from lost work days and daily productivity. What eclipses these staggering numbers are the very lives (and those who care for them) of the millions upon millions of people suffering with chronic pain today, which is estimated at well over 100 million Americans. The heart of the issue is that these folks are friends, family members, colleagues, associates or, perhaps, you, experiencing the anguish physically, emotionally and mentally from chronic pain.
This is Part 2 of a 3-Part series on pain management. And whether mild or excruciating, how we approach our physical suffering can change how we approach any discomfort in our lives. The goal of pain management is to minimize suffering from pain while improving the level of function and quality of life. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate pain from diseases such as osteoarthritis, there are steps we can take in order to helpgain control.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Some Options for Chronic Pain
Resilience and Courage: Both, are key attributes that are called upon when we manage pain. A recent research study in the journal Traumatology examines “how resilient” pain patients cope with chronic pain and its impact on long-term recovery. Results showed that patient resilience typically focused on some common themes: [Read more…]