Pain Awareness Month
It seems we share Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month with several other diseases or medical conditions. Chronic pain is a medical condition experienced by 50+ million Americans. I am sure we have all experienced acute or post-operative pain at one time or another, however, there are people who suffer from chronic pain on a continuous basis. I am sure some of our members can relate to how exhausting this is. Living with a restrictive lung condition and subsequently, less oxygen flow combined with experiencing chronic pain is an awful combination.
I have been perusing several pain management websites and find them to be informative and educational. They offer access to research articles and stay focused on assisting patients with chronic pain management. In my own experience, I’ve had pain for only short periods of time for the most part. In both instances surgery was required. I chose to avoid opioids and gut through the pain associated with sciatica and the need for a hip replacement. Throughout all of this, I was glad to know where my pain was originating from. I know there are individuals experiencing chronic pain and there is no treatment available; only the symptoms can be treated. Unfortunately, many doctors have used opioids to treat the chronic pain subsequently causing another set of problems.
I am interested to know how many members are currently experiencing another medical condition while suffering from PF. I am also curious if any forum members are experiencing chronic pain as comorbidity with PF.
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