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Help People Affected By Chronic Pain

Making Health Better: A New Resource To Help People Affected By Chronic Pain

 

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. While prescription pain medications are an important component of pain management, the reality is these products are prone to abuse and misuse.

In fact, more than 12 million people reported using prescription pain medications non-medically in 2010.  In addition to managing chronic pain, people affected by pain and the healthcare professionals who treat them must navigate a complex treatment landscape.

A new survey conducted on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the U.S. Pain Foundation and the American Academy of Pain Management found healthcare professionals and people affected by pain recognize their personal responsibility in helping address prescription drug abuse, but acknowledge conversations about the issue can be uncomfortable.

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Some Findings About Abuse:

  • Nearly one-third of patients surveyed worry that asking about abuse would suggest they have a problem and 25 percent worry their doctor will stop prescribing if they ask too many questions.
  • Equally as many physicians said they sometimes feel uncomfortable talking with their patients about prescription drug abuse and 40 percent feel discussions of abuse may damage their relationships with patients.

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Across the board, survey respondents agreed information and resources are critical. The impact of chronic pain is evident but finding solutions takes time and both patients and doctors have a role to play. PainMatters.com is a new resource designed to help healthcare professionals and people affected by pain by offering information and resources, including downloadable tools and videos, as well as links to pain support and advocacy organizations.

During a recent interview, Paul Gileno, Executive Director, U.S. Pain Foundation and Melanie Rosenblatt, MD, Medical Director of Pain Management, North Broward Medical Center shared more about the survey results as well as information and resources to support healthcare professionals and help people affected by chronic pain.

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Take a look at the interview below.

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To learn more ways to help people affected by chronic pain, visit: PainMatters.com.

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Meet Our Guests:

 

Paul Gileno, Executive Director, U.S. Pain Foundation, has become a strong force in the chronic pain awareness movement. After living with degenerative disc disease, failed back syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome for over three years, he founded U.S. Pain Foundation in 2006 to connect, inform, empower and advocate for the pain community.
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Melanie Rosenblatt, MD, Medical Director of Pain Management, North Broward Medical Center is board certified in anesthesiology, pain management and addiction medicine.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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