World movement for better pain treatment

Have you heard? There's a global movement going on! 

Pain specialists and leaders of medical organizations from all over the world got together in Miami just two months ago, to sign this declaration, the Declaration of Miami - to promote better pain treatment all over the world, and to guarantee pain relief as a human right!

Here is the basic text of the declaration:

Presently, there is still limited access to adequate treatment of acute and chronic pain in many parts of the world. Governments and even healthcare professionals are not sufficiently aware of chronic pain as a health problem. Many healthcare professionals are not educated and familiar with best practice pain medicine. 
It is the right of any human individual to have easy access to adequate pain management. There is a need for generally available information about proper options for pain relief and it is the obligation of governments and healthcare systems to provide financial, personnel, and structural resources to achieve these goals and to guarantee adequate pain management as a human right.

What can you do? 

1. Inform your physician!

2. Sign the petition at change-org here and spread the word to your friends, family and fellow patients.

Video interview - coping with chronic pain

I stumbled across this great video interview, where Jennifer Grey shares her experience on coping with chronic pain. She says som every useful things about treatment, structuring your coping mechanisms and how to communicate with your doctor to get the best help possible.

She recommends using the Three Rs :

  • Research - Get as much information about your pain as possible
  • Record - Keep a pain journal, find out your pain patterns & triggers, how does your pain act & react?
  • Rehearse - Practice talking about this before going in to your doctors appointment