The realities of chronic pain are all around us–over 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain.

A new documentary on the Discovery Channel, Pain Matters, aims to put a face to the people living with chronic pain, from athletes to veterans. 

While profiling six people with chronic pain, the documentary also highlights results from a recent national survey on chronic pain. The survey found that 94% of people with chronic pain struggle with it daily and 82% feel that it puts a burden on their relationships.

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than three months. Chronic pain is a daily struggle for those who suffer from it and it can impact the relationships of those around them–emotionally, physically, and financially. It can affect daily functioning and quality of life.

Unfortunately, many people suffer from chronic pain alone. According to the survey, nearly one-third of people with chronic pain don’t discuss their condition with a healthcare professional, limiting treatment options. While chronic pain often can’t be cured, there are options to help manage and alleviate pain.

By putting a face to chronic pain, the creators of the documentary hope to provide a new perspective on chronic pain and a look towards the future of pain management.

The documentary was created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Chronic Pain Association, the American Pain Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and the U.S. Pain Foundation.

The first airing of the documentary was on November 16th, but the next airing will be this weekend on Saturday December 7, 2013, with the final showing on Saturday December 14, 2013.

Did you see the original showing of Pain Matters?  Do you have plans to watch it? Do you suffer from chronic pain or know somebody that does? 

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