Pain Awareness Month (Sept. 01 - 30th)

August 24th, 2018
Pain Awareness Month (Sept 01 - 30th)

September is Pain Awareness Month #PAM2018

Pain is something that many of us feel, but it cannot be seen and is quickly forgotten. For those living with persistent chronic pain conditions they often feel isolated as others cannot comprehend the impact pain has on every aspect of life. Chronic pain is not visible, it often prevents people from enjoying a full life, as work, family and social life are impacted and the condition can also greatly impact on sleep. 

One of the most difficult things to do is to have others understand what it is like to live with pain. This international campaign aims to draw attention to the need for better understanding of what a person with pain deals with on a daily basis, the challenges they face and society's lack of understanding about chronic pain. This is an international effort to ensure that there is improved access to care and for greater education among the healthcare community and society. 

At Chronic Pain Ireland your pain is our priority… We offer daily support to people nationwide living and learning to live with chronic pain, their friends, and family. We do this through our support phone-line, email, online forum, self-management workshops, and information talks. Chronic pain is pain that persists past the normal time of healing, longer than 3 months.The pain may be continuous or intermittent. Chronic pain can be experienced by those who may not have evidence of tissue damage or biological reason for pain. It is an invisible condition, in that many suffering look well in appearance. However pain impacts on every facet of life, including financial, social and psychological implications. Chronic Pain presents substantial increased risk of depression, physical de-conditioning, poor self-esteem, social isolation and relationship breakdown. Yet with education and application of self-management skills people can learn to manage their condition and live life with quality and meaning. Recent work includes supporting people throughout the withdrawal of Versatis Lidocaine Patches, resulting in the longest running topic on Liveline and many of the organisations’ members and public getting their patches reinstated. We will host a number of nationwide events over September to generate awareness but also deepen understanding of Chronic Pain and associated conditions, so please keep an eye on our events pages and see if we will be coming to a centre near you.

History of Pain Awareness Campaign

In early 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association established a Pain Awareness Campaign. This undertaking pulled together many organisations across the US whose missions complement the ACPA’s under the umbrella of Partners for Understanding Pain. A key element of the effort was to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. This coalition was committed to raising awareness through mass media, public forums, and other sources so that chronic pain may be more readily recognised, better understood without the traditional stigma attached, and more fittingly treated and managed. The partnership, spearheaded by the American Chronic Pain Association, strived to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue. Through its members, each of whom brought its own perspective to the dialogue, Partners for Understanding Pain represents a comprehensive network of resources and knowledge about issues in pain management. Partners for Understanding Pain is dedicated to building the understanding and support that can help people with chronic, acute, and cancer pain lead better lives.

The common theme throughout the ongoing campaign has been a need for increased understanding, communication, education and access to care. As the campaign now moves forward into 2018 and expands its reach around the globe, the aim is to have Partners for Understanding Pain come together with the International Alliance of Patient Organizations, International Pain Management Network, Pain Alliance Europe to learn about key challenges faced in pain management today and to help formulate strategies to push pain to the top of the international healthcare agenda. 

Chronic Pain Ireland are proud to take part in this global campaign.  You can also check out events and talks listed on the Events Section of our website http://www.chronicpain.ie/our-services/events-and-meetings

The partnership strives to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families who are struggling with pain management, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue. Through its members, each of whom brings its own perspective to the dialogue, Partners for Understanding Pain represents a comprehensive network of resources and knowledge about issues in pain management.  As events are planned in acknowledgement of International Pain Awareness Month, a tool kit developed by Partners for Understanding Pain and its partners  is available for all health care professionals and advocacy groups to help in this efforts.   For more information visit https://theacpa.org/September-is-Pain-Awareness-Month.