While patients need to be careful about what sources they rely on, as the internet doesn’t guarantee reliability, there are resources that have been vetted by researchers for effectiveness in terms of pain reduction and improved quality of life. One such resource is painACTION.com.
PainACTION.com is a website with an array of resources chronic pain patients can use for everything from tracking their symptoms to coping with the emotional fallout of chronic pain.
Visitors of the site have access to:
• Libraries of articles in the categories of back pain, migraine, cancer pain, arthritis pain and neuropathic pain. Articles delve into research, treatments, communication skills, emotional coping methods and medication safety.
• “Self Checks” – surveys that help you get a better sense of how your thoughts and feelings about your pain may be affecting your recovery
• Lesson plans in many different areas, including ergonomics, goal-setting, exercise and medication education
• A “Personal Stories” section where site users can share insights, experiences and thoughts
• Tools for learning relaxation techniques
You can register for free with the site by answering a few basic questions about yourself. This gives you access to a free eBook, Your Guide to Pain Management, as well as a symptom tracking tool. Tracking your symptoms may be immensely useful in the management of your pain, since patterns may emerge that indicate attenuators or exacerbaters of pain. The personal tracking tool tracks pain severity, interference with sleep, mood, relationships and daily activities, stress levels, confidence and medication use.
Recently, researchers assessed the impact of painACTION.com participation on pain levels and overall perceived change among pain patients. They found that, compared to controls, users of the site had significant improvements in pain levels, coping strategies and emotional functioning. The researchers noted that improvements in stress levels corresponded with decreased pain severity.
Learn more about the study at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
PainACTION.com is a great resource for pain patients because it ticks many boxes – emotional well-being, self-management, communication, researched information and more. Its emphasis on the whole person – mind and body – is likely responsible for the positive results of the above study. Patients should consider painACTION.com as an easily-accessible, safe and affordable (free!) option for pain management.