Pain Advocacy Organizations

These foundations not only provide tools and other resources for those living with chronic pain, but a voice to make sure they are heard in an increasingly chaotic world.

American Chronic Pain Association
Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education about pain management skills to people with pain as well as their family, friends, and health-care professionals. Its website provides information and tools to help users better understand their pain and work more effectively with health-care professionals toward a higher quality of life. Today several hundred ACPA support groups meet across the U.S. and in Canada, Great Britain and many other countries.

Operation R.R.R.
Operation R.R.R. (Rescue, Restore, Rehabilitate) was formed based on the belief that every soldier has the right to live a life of dignity, hope, and self-worth. From a homeless outreach program that provides food, water, clothing, and personal hygiene kits to homeless veterans to getting food to those in needs, this organization, which is currently in the process of filing for 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit, aims to improve the lives of homeless veterans, LGBTQ, inner-city youth, and the incarcerated.

International Pain Foundation
The International Pain Foundation offers educational events, support, resources, and enhancement projects with the goal of helping those suffering from a variety of inflammatory, neurological, emotional, and degenerative conditions that involve chronic pain. With the ultimate goal of providing tools and life skills that enable chronic pain patients to perform their regular activities, the organization educates those living in pain as well as their family members, caretakers, and health-care professionals.

National Fibromyalgia Association
The National Fibromyalgia Association acts on behalf of patients, giving them a voice to ensure their needs are communicated and met as well as tools to build awareness. The organization launched a new website this year, which provides education on diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and research outcomes on potential treatments. As the website ramps up, even more helpful functions will be added.

Paul Wynn is a writer based in Garrison, New York.

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