Support Groups For Chronic Pain Sufferers
Recently, Hope Instilled Inc., a new non-profit organization founded by a chronic pain sufferer of nearly three decades, announced a results-based support group format for chronic pain sufferers. Thus, starting a nationwide discussion on support groups for chronic pain sufferers.
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Hope For Chronic Pain Sufferers
This is great news because it means that for sufferers of chronic pain, there is hope literally and figuratively. A pilot Hope Against Pain program was launched in December in the Milwaukee area by the founder of Hope Instilled Inc., Jory Pradjinski. “Chronic pain can break apart families and friendships, end careers, and leave a trail of life devastation in its wake,” said Jory Pradjinski. “A person suffering from chronic pain finds that others can’t relate to their condition, so they stop talking about it. They internalize their pain, their illness, each new trauma, each life setback and put on an outward face, a mask of ‘I’m fine’ for everyone else to see.” 
Voices of Chronic Pain Sufferers
Consider what a pain sufferer in a forum said: “…you feel completely abandoned. And nobody gives a shit. And you can’t stop the pain. It invades your sleep, your dreams, and creates nightmares that unlock deep, dark corners of the mind that should never be opened up.”
Support Groups For Chronic Pain Sufferers For When Real Pain Has Intruded into Our Dreams
Just so you don’t think this is hyperbola, consider the following account from a pain sufferer who is exhausted but is afraid of going to sleep. He says, “The nightmares. They are so vivid. Horrible dreams of torture, of people seeing and just walking by, nobody cares that someone is pinning me down and using a drill to bore holes in my spine.”
It sounds like a Steven King novel, but unfortunately that’s the reality for some pain sufferers who feel isolated and helpless. They could defiantly be helped by joining support groups for chronic pain sufferers. They would probably find out that they are not the only ones dealing with the nightmares.
Focusing on being positive helps, and having a community to deliver that positive message helps even more.
This is where Hope Instilled Inc., through their pilot program Hope Against Pain, steps in and helps.
“Through online resources, Facebook groups and an open web forum, chronic pain sufferers can support one another, learn about treatments and self-help options, and look to the future with renewed hope and optimism.” 
The site’s “Support Forums” are places for open dialog about how chronic pain has affected participants’ lives and relationships, and for learning about how others keep moving forward.
The Story of Jory Pradjinski And His Mission to Support Chronic Pain Sufferers
Pradjinskis’ personal long, painful journey started with a herniated low back disc in 1987. This unhappy chapter of his life was followed by five back surgeries and a bad car accident. With every incident his pain got worse.
“The low point was May 2008, when the ever-worsening pain forced Pradjinski to stop working. His feelings of failure compounded…Those feelings manifested themselves in depression, anxiety and memory loss. His marriage of 20 years ended. He considered suicide. Through it all, he covered up the inner turmoil … because he had no support network.”
A Pain Sufferer Becomes an Advocate
Now he is the one offering support for chronic pain sufferers. He understands and believes that surrounding yourself, as a pain sufferer, with supportive people, who understand your situation is very important.
Hope Instilled ,as stated above, was the first step in Pradjinskis’ mission to save other chronic pain sufferers. The launch of HopeInstilled.org followed. Hope Against Pain was the next logical step. As Pradjinskis points out, “Hope Against Pain will be of the same magnitude, and have the same positive impact, as Alcoholic anonymous. Similar to AA, we plan to save and improve lives for a long, long time.”
Individuals Empowered Through Support Groups For Chronic Pain Sufferers
Using support groups need not be and often is not a one way street, and this where individuals can find a sense of purpose. For example, a reader taking part in a discussion on a pain forum reveals that her aunt is a member of a site for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis. “ Not only does her activity give her comfort, but it helps educate people like me who don’t know much about the pain that comes with the disease.”—Pain Forum Speaker.
Support Groups For Chronic Pain Sufferers Help Fight Isolation
Chronic pain can be a very isolating condition. I have covered this in previous posts. Friends and family members may not be able to understand the daily struggle to complete the simplest of tasks. For example, my pain suffering mom has to avoid having to arch or bend back when lifting the bottle of water from the top shelf of the refrigerator to the waist level shelves. Thus, she constantly needs me to move the bottles whenever she needs space.
I don’t mind, but some people may be worn down from the caregiving. Thus, it is essential that people like my mom get the support they need regardless of where they live or when they need it. Chronic pain support groups online can provide that support, 24/7, all over the world.
Also, chronic pain support groups online allow patients to maintain privacy while discussing intimate details of their pain and treatment plans.
Here are just some of the thoughts from people who have benefited from such online support:
This is a great place to feel safe, to write what is on your mind and most of all, have people that know exactly what you are going through. It is a life line. Welcome!
It’s amazing what some genuine understanding and commiseration can do for you. Having people who get it to listen and talk without getting weird and awkward is a huge benefit. I don’t say a lot either, but there is a huge pool of knowledge here of coping mechanisms, and life hacks, and general relatability here.
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While you certainly have learned a lot about pain sufferers support groups, we’ve only really just scratched the surface when it come to all the help outside the home that is available to the chronic pain sufferer.
If you want to learn more about handy tips and skills to support people managing their pain, then you’ll want to read paintoolkit.org.
If your primary interest is finding forum support and in-person meetings, then you’ll want to check The American Chronic Pain Association support groups.
Need to know more about pain sufferer’s support group? Here is the best place to learn:
“A charity that aims to support those with chronic pain and their carers. run by volunteers, the majority of whom have chronic pain. It operates a telephone help-line and a national network of support groups.” 
Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
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“Milwaukee-based Advocate Launches Proactive, Results-based Support Group format for Chronic Pain Sufferers.” global Data Point, 10 Apr.