Do you have chronic pain? Almost everyone experiences chronic pain from time to time. Pain is your body's way of alerting you that something is wrong.
Finding people who share your story, however, is an excellent way to handle the pain. In Australia, there is an annual event known as 'National Pain Week,' which aims to make people feel that they are understood.
In this article, we will discuss National Pain Week and why it may be a good idea to participate in it.
Causes of chronic pain
Chronic pain may be caused by chronic diseases such as arthritis in all of its manifestations. It may be caused by multiple sclerosis or any variety of other disorders. It may also be the result of trauma (in some cases, a surgery, a work accident, a fall).
It may be the result of a minor injury that causes you to experience chronic pain, among other things.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months. According to Dr. Kerry Falzon (Chiropractor) principal chiropractor and owner of Our Family Chiropractor:
“Pain conditions can stem from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, poor posture and muscle strains. Other causes may also include spine-related disorders, herniated or slipped discs, degenerative disc disease and more.”
What is Chronic Pain Australia?
Here comes the good part - knowing that there are a lot of people who experience chronic pain, it is good to know that there is a community. Chronic Pain Australia is a recognised non-profit, non-government systemic health promotion organisation. It was created in 2001 as a result of those who witnessed people living with chronic pain.
The founders have grown frustrated with the stigma of those living with pain. They are committed to lowering the social barriers that people with chronic pain face. The goal of Chronic Pain Australia is to somehow eliminate the unnecessary alienation and isolation that chronic pain causes in the Australian community.
Chronic Pain Australia's mission is to:
- increase awareness and understanding of chronic pain throughout Australia
- improve health professionals' awareness of what it's like to live with chronic pain
- work toward pain self-management that is supported by healthcare professionals and organisations.
They aim to accomplish these through:
- making accessible engagement options available for those in pain to connect and be heard
- collaboration among researchers, doctors, policymakers, and organisations to minimise the burden of chronic pain and enhance health outcomes
- advocating for the rights of those who experience chronic pain
- through ‘National Pain Week’ programs.
National Pain Week
The goal of National Pain Week is to remind friends, family, and the community that connection is important in dealing with the social isolation that chronic pain may cause. Through this event, people are encouraged to connect with their bodies and acknowledge their pain; in doing so, manage it.
The event also wants to motivate people to seek help and guidance from others who experience it instead of ignoring it and suffering alone. Pfizer, Seqirus, Medlab, and other sponsors collaborate with Chronic Pain Australia for events like National Pain Week.
Managing your pain
Many people have chronic pain. It may have an effect on important aspects of a person's life. Living with this kind of pain takes strength, and could be described as just putting up with the pain.
However, some patients have talked about developing new strategies for managing their pain. They describe their experiences of gradually gaining control of their pain and being able to return to meaningful activities in life with pain relief.
Chronic pain is a common and complex condition. Its symptoms range from mild to severe. Chronic pain is distinguished by the fact that it is ongoing and experienced on most days of the week.
However, there are many ways to deal with this type of pain especially with the help of those who have the same experience.