Caring For a Loved One with Chronic Pain
Over 100 million people in the US and Canada currently suffer from physically and emotionally debilitating chronic pain. Dr. Vladimir Djuric, of the Centre for Pain Care (CPC), offers advice on how to help a loved one experiencing chronic pain cope through the hardship and access the specialized treatment they need.
If you or a loved one suffers from debilitating chronic pain, you know all too well the frustration and desperation that goes along with that pain. Today, with new and progressive treatments available from pain specialists, chronic pain symptoms can often be substantially alleviated. A support system of friends and family frequently plays a significant role in connecting a chronic pain sufferer with medical treatment, and providing everyday help and comfort, according to Dr. Vladimir Djuric, of the CPC.
Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than three months. One in three Americans and one in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain, making it more prevalent than even diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Chronic pain can affect the back, neck, legs, or joints. It can take the form of severe headaches or other afflictions. Seniors are often the hardest hit.