#107 Join a support group

You are not alone. Living with constant pain causes a lot of complications outside just the medical and physical challenges, and places a strain on relationships, work and family life which no-one else but other pain patients can understand. Meeting others who live with chronic pain can be a great help in reclaiming your life.

American Chronic Pain Association facilitates support groups all over the country, and last week I wrote about Paul Gileno, who founded Connecticut Pain Foundation and organizes a network of support groups in Connecticut.

If you can't find a group were you live, or you want to talk to someone right away, online forums like Heroes of Healing or the Chronic Pain Support Group on Daily Strength can be a great support network.

Find someone who is achieving results in managing their chronic pain and maintaining good life quality - because surely you can learn something from those people.

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