Self-advocacy becomes a necessary skill when living with chronic pain. Many people with chronic pain report that they must repeatedly remind their doctor of their pain levels and needs. Others say that they stand up for themselves to pharmacists, pain management clinics, even family members who don't understand pain. Advocating for yourself can feel lonely, yet so many people experience the emotional toll.
On MyChronicPainTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with chronic pain, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Advocating for yourself is one of the top topics most discussed.
Here are some conversations about advocating for yourself:
• "If you can find a good pain management doctor it will be so much better for you. The good ones are great once they get to know you and see that you are not some pill seeking addict. I have found that the better they are the busier they are."
Here are some question-and-answer threads about being a self-advocate:
Can you relate?
Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyChronicPainTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.
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