Our partners at PainDoctor.com have been busy putting the final touches on a new integrated social media site for pain patients. It’s an exciting place to be if you’re looking for the sort of comprehensive support that will allow you to beat your chronic pain and–in the process–find a community.
Faces of Pain
We’ve already talked before about the opportunities for expression and support available at Faces of Pain, their gallery of submission-based patient stories. You’ll continue to find that same area for solace by reading the stories there. You can even submit your own photos and stories for inclusion to the board.
A recently inspiring one comes from Debbie, who writes:
“I am inspired by knowing God sees me where I am and he feels what I feel, having a very supportive husband, and my puppies. My goals are to tone my body by working out every morning and try to have a book published by this fall.”
Likewise, Tina had a big win recently. She writes:
“I am inspired just knowing that I’m not alone, that there are others who understand exactly what I go through every day. The positive thing about today is that I was actually able to take my son to registration for his 1st year of high school. A win!”
Facebook Chronic Pain Support Group
Similarly, the Chronic Pain Support Group that Pain Doctor hosts on Facebook is still going strong, with over 36,000 members.
Within this group, you’ll find advice from people all over the world, words of support from hundreds within minutes, and well, since it’s the internet, photos of group members’ loved cats and pups! You can request an invite today to join the group and begin receiving notifications from this hugely supportive community.
New Pain Doctor Forum
And, finally, to the changes. Pain Doctor recently rolled out their newest addition to the online network of pain support: an online forum.
From here, pain patients have a dedicated space to ask questions, join in discussions, post photos, and friend other members. Forum categories include those on specific pain conditions, such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Cancer pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Celiac disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Chest pain
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative disc disease
- Hip pain
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shoulder pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Stomach pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Likewise, there are also Pain Doctor forum categories based on pain treatments, such as injections, acupuncture, biofeedback, and radiofrequency ablation. By providing all of these different topic areas, patients are able to find other patients with similar conditions and treatment plans to their own. This allows for an even greater net of support and understanding.
In addition, users can also change their profile pages, update their user status, and post in general topic areas.
How do you like to connect online? Are there any pain forums that you have joined? If you’re looking for support, join Pain Doctor’s new online forum now!
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