Learn about your Pain is an initiative of the U.S. Pain Foundation. As the leading ‘pain experts,’ the organization created Learn about your Pain to provide individuals a place to go for accurate information about multiple chronic illnesses.
Until now, there currently was not one body of work that lists all pain conditions. The goal of Learn about your Pain is to catalogue the hundreds of documented pain disorders and provide complete and timely information on each with one click, thus empowering people to be active participants in their care, offer appropriate help as caregivers and understand in detail pain and its effects on the individual. Ultimately, Learn about your Pain seeks to help people with pain improve quality of life.
To use this site, click on a specific disorder to find:
- Definition and description of the disorder
- What people are saying
- Possible co-morbidities
- Treatment options
- Complementary therapies
- Best nutrition
- Best exercise regime
- Local support groups
- Links to other organizations and websites
Did YOU Know?
- There are about 100 million Americans living with chronic pain (1 out of 3 people in the US).
- Chronic pain is associated with over 100 general categories of medical conditions: there are over 100 forms of arthritis alone.
- Chronic pain is sometimes the disease itself.
- Unrelieved chronic pain costs society $560-$635 billion each year.
- The cost of chronic pain includes not only health care cost, but days missed from work, hours of work lost and lower wages.
- Persistent pain affects more people in the US than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
- Chronic pain may continue even with good treatment.
- Many people living with chronic pain do not have a diagnosis, and many say they do not know what causes their pain.
- Very few medical schools have comprehensive pain management training as part of their curricula.
- Self-management of chronic pain—becoming educated, problem solving, pain-tracking, pacing oneself and finding ways to cope—adds exponentially to reducing pain and gaining function.
- Research shows that people who understand both the science and nuance of their specific pain conditions move and function better, experience less pain and are better able and more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle.