September is National Pain Awareness Month–What Will YOUR Focus Be?

21 Aug

By Heather Grace, IPJ Staff Writer

As August is nearing an end, we at IPJ are wondering what people with chronic and intractable pain will be doing to acknowledge the important month ahead. To many, September is just another month. But to people with pain, it can be a very meaningful and important time of year. September is National Pain Awareness Month.

Will you celebrate this month–being thankful for your continued health? Perhaps you’ll think about how lucky you are to have adequate pain care? Or will you focus on pain advocacy, recognizing that so few people have the pain care they desperately need? Maybe you’ll write a blog, share a video about your experience with pain, or make your voice heard in the media?

Please take a few moments to discuss National Pain Awareness Month here. Share what you’re doing to take care of yourself, as well as what you’re doing to help others. We’d also love to hear your hopes/dreams for the future of pain treatment.

And to all people with pain: We wish you a happy healthy September, filled with acceptance, support and understanding.

© 2010-2012 Intractable Pain Journal & Heather Grace. All rights reserved.

2 Responses to “September is National Pain Awareness Month–What Will YOUR Focus Be?”

  1. jenni August 22, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I will swallow my pride and start a pain log/journal. Learn my real triggers and start pacing myself properly. I currently do not have proper pain relief, so self care is a definite step in the right direction


    • thepainjournal August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      Jenni, a pain journal will help you establish for any future treating physician what you are going through. I am so sorry you’ve had a tough time and that your pain is still not being controlled. Incidentally, I wrote some great tips on finding a good pain doctor on my previous blog: This is information all people with pain should hear–especially if their pain is untreated/undertreated. Best wishes, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Take care, Heather G.


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