Finding Help for Chronic Pain

These resources can help with practical information and other types of support.

Organizations
AMERICAN CHRONIC PAIN ASSOCIATION
Provides resources for professionals, people living with pain, and their families and caregivers. The Web site has information and advice on all aspects of living with pain, including choosing a pain treatment program.
(800) 533-3231
www.theacpa.org

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COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES
This nonprofit organization can provide you with a listing of accredited pain providers and programs in your state or province. (Your health insurance may require that a program be CARF-accredited for you to receive reimbursement.) The Web site also explains what to look for, what to ask, and what to expect when you seek various types of care.
(888) 281-6531
www.carf.org

Online Groups and Forums
There are literally hundreds of online groups and sites for people with chronic pain and their families. Here are a few:

CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP
www.chronicpainsupport.org/support.html
Message boards and chat room.

HEALTH CENTRAL CHRONIC PAIN CONNECTIONS
http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/chronic-pain/forums
Numerous discussion threads on all kinds of pain problems and issues.

GOOGLE CHRONIC PAIN
www.google.com/Top/Health/Support_Groups/Conditions_and_Diseases/Chronic_Pain
Links to chats, forums, and organizational pages about chronic pain.

Sleep Resources
“Getting the Sleep You Need”
David Spero, R.N.
Diabetes Self-Management, July 2006
www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Articles/General-Diabetes-And-Health-Issues/getting_the_sleep_you_need/

“How to Sleep Well”
The Sleep Well
www.stanford.edu/~dement/howto.html