Chronic pain sufferers find valuable support from online chat groups
Even people socially isolated by pain can use the Internet to connect
Submitted by Dr. Michael J. Cooney, D.C. on September 12th, 2013
A colleague shared this article supporting online chat rooms for people living with chronic pain. Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, this is not news. Many of our patients are enthusiastic users of Facebook groups, Twitter and other disease-specific sites where people living with neuropathy or specific medical conditions can interact and give and receive support and encouragement. I often participate in relevant discussions (chonic pain) to offer input from a healthcare provider perspective.
The caveat, of course, is when non-medical professionals share healthcare information that is one-sided, outdated or simply incorrect. We have had more than a few patients contact us with mis-information about Calmare Therapy, in fact. Always check with your doctor before taking any medication (including over-the-counter drugs and vitamin and minerals) or therapy.
My team and I actively contribute on some of these online discussion groups because we can often provide clinical information on scrambler therapy and answer simple questions to help patients determine if this therapy (or another) might help minimize or alleviate the cause of their pain. We've also made some great friends (from around the block and around the world).
How can you join in? Search for online support groups and read the posts for a while to see if the tone and quality of information suits your needs. If you choose to jump in and ask a question or share your experience, you can maintain your privacy by posting under a username that protects you.
Nearly all the chronic pain support groups have chat rooms. Here are a few groups that we participate in below. If any of our readers would like to share additional recommendations, please do so!
DailyStrength.org (sign-up required)