PUT PAIN IN ITS PLACE
Chronic pain can be terrible, but its treatment can be fatal if done wrong — reports suggest the death of legendary musician Prince in 2016 was from a prescription pain medication overdose. The American Chronic Pain Association likens a patient with chronic pain to a car with four flat tires: Medication can pump up one tire, but to get the car back on the road, a more comprehensive treatment plan is necessary.
In addition to over-the-counter or prescription drugs, patients with chronic pain (defined as pain that lasts more than six months) need a range of treatments and services, including physical therapy, biofeedback, nutritional counseling, and support groups. Because the cost of a comprehensive treatment plan can be exorbitant, we consulted medical practitioners and patients who have dealt with chronic pain to find some of the best free and inexpensive resources.