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Living with Pain

Living with Pain

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Published by Ganesh Babu
learn how to manage ur pain...
learn how to manage ur pain...

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Published by: Ganesh Babu on Sep 10, 2008
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 American Pain Foundation
Dedicated to eliminating the undertreatment of pain in America.
Treatment Options:
AGuide for PeopleLiving with Pain
 
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3organization serving people with
pain
through information, advocacy and support. Ourmission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness,providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriersand increase access to effective pain management.
WHAT WE DO
Serve
as an information clearinghouse and resource center for people with pain,their families and their caregivers, the general public, healthcare professionals,policymakers and the media.
Promote
recognition of pain as a critical health issue; correcting damaging mythsabout pain and pain management, and seeking to remove the stigma oftenexperienced by those with pain.
 Advocate
for changes in professional training, regulatory policies, and healthdelivery systems to ensure that people with pain have access to high quality care.
Encourage
healthcareprofessionals to assess pain routinely and provideimmediate, ongoing, effective care.
Mobilize
organizations and individuals who care about better pain management.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to further our mission, please visit our web site, www.painfoundation.org,and join the growing number of APF members. Membership is free and open to all.APF members receive online support and resources and useful publications like the
Pain Community News
,which features the latest news about pain and the
Pain Monitor 
,which provides updates on pain news and policy issues.
 American Pain Foundation
Dedicated to eliminating the undertreatment of pain in America.
 
Treatment Options:A Guide for People Living with Pain
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Dear Friend:As you pick up this publication, you may be asking yourself lots of questions: Can mypain be better controlled? Are there options available that I don’t know about? How dovarious treatments differ? What non-drug therapies are used to manage pain? Whatquestions should I ask my doctor, nurse, pharmacist or social worker about pain?Treatment Options was written to help answer these and other questions related to paincare. Whether you’ve just started experiencing pain, have lived with it for several years,or are a caregiver to someone in pain, this guide was written to serve as a usefulresource. Each subsection provides easy-to-understand information about a variety oftreatment options from medications to psychosocial interventions, rehabilitationtherapies, surgical interventions and much more. Words boldfaced in
green
are somecommon pain terms and are defined at the end of the book.We trust this will inspire hope and help you in your quest for better pain care. Youshould not have to suffer with your pain. As always, it is important to talk to yourhealthcare provider to decide what approach is right for you. Please feel free to shareyour thoughts and comments by sending an e-mail to info@painfoundation.org.We will update the online version of this book periodically, so check for new tips andinformation at
www.painfoundation.org.Will Rowe
Executive Director  American Pain Foundation
Whether you are anewcomer searching forinformation to improve yourpain care or a seasonedexplorer looking for what’snew and different,thisguide is for you.

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