Feeling good and easily managing everyday activities is something many of us take for granted. But when something happens that makes simple tasks tough to accomplish, you clearly understand how much you’ve lost. Millions of American’s who suffer from chronic pain experience that loss. Living with chronic pain seriously impacts your quality of life, yet many endure their agony in silence.
There are myriad health problems that result in chronic pain including injuries, cancer, various types of arthritis as well as other illnesses and diseases. Yet, as advanced as our health care system is today, many chronic pain patients don’t get the help they need. As a result, they drop out of the workforce, isolate themselves from family and friends, experience depression and typically experience other medical problems.
I’m keynoting at a luncheon in Minneapolis for the American Pain Foundation. I am the organization’s national spokesperson. Why me? Because I am a chronic pain sufferer. I have Fibromyalgia and the saga of my journey to get the proper diagnosis and treatment spans decades. You’d laugh if you heard all the medical diagnosis and remedies that were suggested. The Mayo Clinic was my savior in terms of providing a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
I’m passionate about helping raise awareness about chronic pain conditions and helping everyone get the support and treatment they deserve. From a small business perspective, this is important because chronic pain accounts for more than 80 percent of all physician visits costing our country about $70 billion a year in medical and disability claims. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the loss of productivity or increased absenteeism due to pain.
If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, I invite you to visit the American Pain Foundation web site. You’ll find information, resources and support. Plus, SBTV.com has a library of content relating to dealing with pain in the workplace including information on simple work accommodations that can help talented employees remain productive in the workforce.
Finally, if you have additional information, questions or resources, please share them. Let’s work together to increase the quality of life for chronic pain patients.