A support group lets you talk with others who also have chronic pain. Chronic pain support groups can help you feel less isolated. They can also give you tips for coping with pain. To find a local support group, contact your nearest hospital or pain clinic.
You may also want to try counseling. Counseling can help you learn coping skills and methods such as visualization. It can also help with mood problems. When choosing a counselor, look for someone who has worked with people who have chronic pain.
See your provider for regular visits and let him or her know how well treatments are working for you. Also reach out to family and friends for help and support.
For more support and information, contact these groups:
American Academy of Pain Management, www.aapainmanage.org
American Academy of Pain Medicine, www.painmed.org
American Chronic Pain Association, www.theacpa.org
National Pain Foundation, www.thenationalpainfoundation.org