The Ultimate List Of Free Chronic Pain Resources

List of free chronic pain resources.

This is simply the best list of free chronic pain resources.

I totally get that navigating the world of chronic pain is really tough. This can make it overwhelming to know where to start your recovery.

That’s why I have structured this material for people who are both new to chronic pain, or advancing through their recovery.

Maybe you’ve tried something before and it has quite worked?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

I recommend mixing it up with: video, audio, and text based resources. Different explanations may work for different situations. Sometimes it takes several work throughs for the penny to drop. Whether it be an animated TEDx talk or a deep dive into the theory of tension myositis syndrome, this guide has it all.

As you work through this, take notes, lean into the content and double down.

There is no right or wrong path.

The important thing is to just make a start today.

Contents

  1. Pain 101: What Is Chronic Pain?
  2. Six video Primers On Chronic Pain
  3. Why Do People Keep Talking About Dr John Sarno?
  4. Learning The Lingo
  5. 11 Programs To Recover From Chronic Pain
  6. Complementary Resources
  7. Final Thoughts

Pain 101: What Is Chronic Pain?

What is pain?

It’s a simple question, one that a child could ask. And like most questions kids ask, it’s actually pretty hard to answer!

For many of us it causes a lot of confusion and leads to self doubt. 

Is my pain real or legitimate in the eyes of others?

If I can’t explain it myself, how will I explain pain to others?

For this, we’ll leave it to the experts at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), who last year updated their definition of pain. Pain is:

“an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage”

IASP 2020 Definition of Pain

See how it includes our emotional response, or even the potential for damage? Pain is complex.

The IASP have provided key points to help with interpretation of pain:

  • Pain is a personal experience and usually influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors.
  • Pain and nociception (the neural process of encoding and processing painful stimuli) are different phenomena.
  • The concept of pain is something we learn during our life experience.
  • Your experience of pain should be respected.
  • Pain is designed to be an adaptive role – to help us avoid bad situations. But for chronic pain sufferers it has an adverse effect on our way of life.
  • Verbally describing our pain is only one of several ways of expressing pain. Inability to communicate does not negate pain.

Takeaway: Pain is in the category of an experience. This means there is no “pain molecule” or “pain virus” that we can see with a microscope, nor treat directly with medicine.

Six Video Primers On Chronic Pain

So we’ve learnt that pain is a very personal experience.

Great.

Now how does that help us, especially when we have to explain it to others?

But more importantly, how can it help you recovery?

The following is walkthrough of the best pain videos I have seen in years of researching the topic (full playlist to bookmark here).

In our first video, we will see how learning about pain is the first step in eliminating it.

1. Taming The Beast

If there was only one video explainer to recommend it is “Taming the Beast” by Lorimer Moseley

This five minute animation is a simple, yet powerful explanation of what pain is, how it is caused, and what sustains it. 

Friends and family will also benefit from this to better understand what it means to be a sufferer of chronic pain. 

Prof. Moseley’s career has taken the path of physiotherapist, neuroscientist, pain scientist and a science educator. He has plenty of useful content online including this more in-depth TEDx talk

Takeaway: Pain is produced in the brain as an alert to danger, whether that be physical, social or emotional harm. It is not an indication of tissue health.

2. Pain And Neural Pathways

Spent any time investigating chronic pain?

You’ve come across the idea of neural pathways and brain plasticity. 

But what is the connection with pain?

It turns out that we can learn to experience pain. Sometimes we even learn pain in the absence of a physical injury. 

Like a well trodden pathway across a patch of grass, pain can be etched in our brain. 

But that’s not the end of the story. There is hope! 

The Pain Psychology Centre has released a quick video on the relationship of neural pathways and pain. Just like you can learn to ride a bike or juggle, you can learn and unlearn pain. 

Takeaway: You’ve heard about placebo pills, but what about a placebo car crash? Keep watching!

3. Dr. Dan Siegel’s Hand Model Of The Brain

So pain is experienced in the brain? 

Time to head back to high school biology to get reacquainted with the parts of the brain.

Spoiler alert: it’s a bit more complicated than a blob of grey matter.

Dr Daniel Siegel and the hand model of the brain is a memorable eight minute video that explains the neocortex, limbic region, and the brain stem. Colloquially called the human brain, mammalian brain, and the reptilian brain respectively.

Seeing these laid out in the palm of my hand was a huge step in my recovery from pain.

Takeway: When you learn about the brain structure, you can learn to direct attention. Handy.

(I’m also a big fan of Daniel Siegel’s approach to mindfulness, but more about that later on.)

4. Chronic Pain: A New Perspective

Pain, emotions, neuroplasticity and brain structures. 

Ok, so we’ve established that pain is an experience or signal in the mind, yet the brain is a physical structure of our body?

Talk about a jigsaw puzzle!

How does this all fit together for a chronic pain sufferer? 

Many of us suffers describe chronic pain as a mindbody disorder.

What is this mindbody connection? Look no further than this TEDx Talk by Georgie Oldfield from SPIRA.

Takeaway: Bottled up emotions get expressed as physical symptoms, even if we are otherwise safe and healthy.

5. The Mystery Of Chronic Pain

For a normal person, pain is an alarm bell. 

It’s a symptom of a more serious health issue.

We know that by now.

But for people like you and I the alarm bell doesn’t stop ringing. The problem is that many healthcare providers treat chronic pain as if it is short term acute pain. 

Painkillers are shown to have little impact on chronic pain. What is worse, they can cause more harm than good.

I never really understood why until I watched this TEDx Talk by Elliot Krane, an anesthesiologist and pain doctor.

Takeaway: For chronic pain sufferers, pain is the disease. It’s not a symptom.

6. Emotions Cause Physical Pain?

Your doctor should always be your first point of contact when it comes to your health. Period.

Trawl through the front page of any pain support forum and you realize that for some this relationship has soured.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s refreshing to hear from Doctor Mike as he explains the mindbody manifestation of pain. Unchecked emotions can be expressed as pain.

Takeaway: Think about life’s stressors, both past and present. Write them down and speak with your healthcare provider – even if they seem unrelated.

If you don’t know where to start, always go into any appointment with Ask Me 3:

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Stop. Before We Go Any Further.

We’ve leanrt a heck of a lot in six short videos.

Let’s recap on the main points.

  • Pain is a personal experience that can involve damage to our body, emotional hurt, or even the potential for injury to occur.
  • Pain is a warning system gone awry for chronic pain suffers.
  • Long term chronic pain is sustained and exacerbated by emotions. There is a mindbody connection at play.
  • There is hope for a recovery!

That’s a lot to be exited about. Are you hopeful? Curious? Feeling safe and excited about what’s next?

I am.

But first…

Why Do People Keep Talking About Dr John Sarno?

Dr John Sarno was a New York physician who developed a unique approach to pain.

As a rehabilitation doctor he was frustrated with poor success in healing back, neck, and shoulder pain. Even if healing did occur it was inconsistent and unpredictable.

It was not repeatable.

Dr Sarno hypothesized that physical chronic pain is not caused by structural abnormalities. Instead pain results from unconscious emotions through a process he coined tension myositis syndrome (TMS).

TMS forms a distraction from the underlying negative emotions, saving us from being overwhelmed by them. 

Pain hogs the airspace effectively smothering any capacity we have for addressing things like guilt, shame, or anger.

I mean, who could give a second thought to big existential emotional problems when we are in physical pain?

Dr John E Sarno had a unique approach to chronic pain.
John E. Sarno, MD. Source: johnesarnomd.com

Dr Sarno was by no means the first to realize the impact of unconscious emotions on pain. Sarno himself details past pioneers in psychosomatic (mindbody) medicine in his book, The Divided Mind (see pg 40-87).

Therapists who get a mention include Jean-Martin Charcot, Josef Breuer, Sigmund Freud (of which Sarno claims to be of most importance), Alfred Alder, Franz Alexander, Allan Walters

Later in his career he received attention and was featured in 20/20 of which he healed the reporter John Stossel (but not his brother, Thomas Stossel), Vox, and the New York Times upon his death in 2017.

There’s no hiding the fact that Sarno’s views on are controversial to mainstream medicine since. There is also no hiding from the fact that his techniques simply fixed chronic pain for thousands of patients.

Studying how one experiences chronic pain does not lend itself well to laboratory studies. It’s just so personal.

There seems to be a shift to using mindbody syndrome or psychophysiologic disorder (PPD) to legitimize this further.

But more on that below. 👇

Learning The Lingo

What did you notice about the above videos?

Did you pick up all the jargon? It’s perfectly normal to be more confused about what chronic pain is, how the mindbody connection works, and the difference between acute pain.

It doesn’t help when experts use these terms synonymously either!

I’ve previously written a more detailed explanation of keywords that you will hear time and time again. Here is the bite sized definitions:

Pain: An unpleasant experience due to emotional or tissue emotional damage (or the potential for damage).

Acute pain: Pain that is usually caused by rapid onset tissue damage. Broken bones, sprain muscles and even childbirth are all examples of acute pain.

Chronic pain or persistent pain: Pain that persists after tissue damage is healed. This is normally defined longer than 3 months.

Tension myositis syndrome (TMS): A disorder that causes chronic pain and popularized by Dr John Sarno (also called tensionalgia). Suppressed emotions result in restriction to blood vessels, and a mild, harmless, and reversible oxygen deprivation. Sufferers experience this as a burning or aching sensation.

Pain disorder or psychogenic pain: These diagnoses are listed in the psychologists Bible: the DSM-V. This diagnosis may be preferred by clinicians compared to TMS.

Mindbody syndrome (MBS): Mindbody syndrome is a catchall term describing when maladaptive emotions cause bodily symptoms like butterflies in your stomach or blushing.

Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD): The clinical term for mindbody syndrome.

Back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia etc.: One of the many symptoms produced by PPD.

11 Programs To Heal From Chronic Pain

Here’s what you came for.

The ultimate list of free chronic pain recovery programs. In total there are 11 programs here, developed by various specialists, councilors, and medical institutes.

Some are heavily text based, while others rely on videos. Make sure you review them all to find what works best for you.

Before you rip the lid off and hook in, we have to be frank about what recovery looks like and lay down some expectations.

What Nobody Tells You About Healing Chronic Pain

You’re in pain: check ✅

You’ve been to a doctor and diagnosed with mindbody syndrome: check ✅

You’ve done some research on pain recovery programs: check ✅

Ready… Set… Wait!? 🚦

There are a lot of miracle fixes and magic pills out there in the big bad world. We need to lay down some expectations before you launch headfirst into any self directed recovery program:

  • Acute pain is primarily treated with surgery, stitches, or pain medication (think a fractured leg). Chronic pain is treated with psychotherapy – teaching your brain to eliminate the experience of pain. 
  • You won’t heal from mindbody syndrome by someone else doing the hard work for you. You only get out what you put in. But you already knew that right?
  • Recovery is highly non-linear. While for a select few just learning about pain can stop the symptoms in their tracks, others need to diligently work through content. 
  • Many start to see progress in weeks or months.
  • Recovered patients often describe their journey to recovery as the hardest and best thing they have ever done.

There are three main steps that are often repeated:

  1. Learn about pain. There is a massive gap between current practice and scientific knowledge – even as much as 17 years! Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the root cause of pain.
  2. Know your body and understand your emotions. Know that pain itself is not dangerous – as real as it may feel.
  3. Retrain your brain. Rewrite those neural pathways.

These three steps are completed in the context of treating yourself with compassion, kindness, curiosity. Teaching your brain that it is safe, healthy, and not in danger.

Time to turn that alarm signal down to zero.

What Does It Look Like To Recover From Pain?

Recovery is possible.

No, I didn’t mistype that.

Have you asked yourself what you would like to achieve with chronic pain recovery? 

I mean, really asked yourself what recovery would look like? (Hint: this is a good time to grab a pen and paper). 

Who starts a journey without knowing where you are going?

Saying “I want to get better from pain” is a perfectly reasonable response, but what does it mean for you?

For instance, saying “I’d like to go on holidays to Europe” raises more questions than answers (COVID-19 aside!). What year? Which season? What city would you like to see most? How will you pay for it?

Side note: SMART goals can be useful in this situation. They are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timebound. Just don’t over constrain yourself, especially if you tend towards perfectionism. 

Back to recovery.

Let’s start by looking at some real life people who have recovered.

Hear what a typical experience of recovery looked like for 37 year old Jeannine. Her pain is “way down” from a pervious “9 out of 10” pain rating, and on some days she has “no pain at all”.

And Mark Phillips who healed from years of RSI through a mindbody approach.

Or Angelos Georgakis who was suffering from back pain until he found relief through the mindbody approach.

Countless people have been transformed by the work of Dr John Sarno, and posted their stories to the www.thankyoudrsarno.com website.

Read it.

These are real people, getting better.

Let’s get started on your journey.

1. Alan Gordon’s Pain Recovery Program.

The gold standard for free chronic pain recovery programs is Alan Gordon’s Pain Recovery Program, hosted by The TMS Wiki project.

It’s authored by Alan Gordon, LCSW from the Pain Psychology Centre, so you know it’s backed by some serious experience.

Alan himself says there are two key goals of the program:

  1. Teach your brain that the pain is not dangerous
  2. Teach your brain that the psychological stressors that it learned to fear (anger, sadness, confrontation, intimacy, etc.) are not actually dangerous.

Ultimately he teaches the bain to be and feel safe.

Pain is an alarm signal after all, its very challenging to feel safe with an alarm siren running 24/7. Anyone interest to heal from chronic pain could do worse than to start here.

He also has a helpful article here, explaining how well mindbody syndromes can respond to psychological treatment.

Alan Gordon's Pain Recovery Program
WhoAlan Gordon, LCSW from the Pain Psychology Centre
Content and deliveryDaily text based lessons published as a series of forum posts.
Duration21 days

2. The TMS Wiki Structured Educational Program

Following in a similar vein is the TMS Wiki Structured Educational Program.

While this is distinct from Alan Gordon’s program, it is currented being re-written to closer align with is content (as of March 2021).

This popular course has clocked up hundreds of user comments and tens of thousands of views.

In this program you are a participant, not a passenger. There are daily questions to answer, journaling activities, and regular reminders to keep you on track.

WhoThe TMS Wiki Project
Content and deliveryDaily text based lessons published as a series of forum posts.
Duration42 days (six week program)

3. The Jim Campbell Program

Are you more of a big concept person than one to get lost in the finer details?

This program is for you.

Clocking in at one and a half pages, it’s short, sharp and effective.

Dr James “Jim” Campbell takes an optimistic approach. Yet this isn’t foolish optimism by any means. It’s well grounded by his experience at Johns Hopkins.

“The first thing you must remember is that the situation is not hopeless. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, as does the mind.”

This doubled-pager is the perfect accompaniment for working through any of Dr Sarno’s work.

Pro-tip: print it off and incorporate it in your daily reading program.

WhoDr Jim Campbell
Content and deliveryText based content.
DurationFive points to be reviewed daily.

4. eCentreClinic Pain Course

The philosophy behind the eCentreClinic is simple.

Many people suffer from chronic pain, yet few have access to specialist treatment.

Macquarie University have developed a free online pain management program. It’s designed to provide good information about chronic pain and to teach practical skills for managing the impact of pain on day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing.

“We developed the Pain Course with the hope of helping reduce the impact of chronic pain on peoples’ day-to-day lives, emotional wellbeing and overall quality of life.”

The eCentreClinic pain course has been in development since 2011. It has been completed by more than 2,000 participants across Australia, USA, Canada and Ireland with very good results.

More than 90% of users report the Course was “worth their time” and that they would “recommend the course”.

Time to sign up for the next intake?

WhoMacquarie University Australia
Content and delivery4-5 intakes per year.
Five online lessons.
Duration8 weeks.
Four hours of patient effort required per week.

5. STOMP – Structuring Your Own Management Of Pain

The authors of STOMP Program certainly don’t mince words:

“The choice is clear. You have to learn to take charge of your own care.”

Ouch.

Any progress aimed at fixing your pain will take effort on your part.

On first impressions a 82 page book seems a little daunting. The author’s recommend choosing one small area to work on, a path that suits you, seems doable and feels like a good fit.

The STOMP program was developed at Swedish and is authored by the likes of Gordon Irving, M.D. David A. Hanscom, M.D., and Howard Schubiner, M.D. et al.

WhoGordon Irving, M.D. David A. Hanscom, M.D., et al.
Swedish Health Services
Content and deliveryText based. 82 pages of content divided into 9 chapters.
DurationOngoing. Improvement in sleep, diet and exercise at six, two, and three weeks respectively.

6. Pain Management For Everyone

It’s no secret that pain management involves lots of reading, reading, and more reading!

Finding all the reading a bit overwhelming?

You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by managing your chronic pain. It creates additional stress and obstacles to recovery.

Why not change tack and tackle a video based program instead?

Pain Management For Everyone was developed by the Pain Management Network.

Bonus: This is one of the few free programs that has help for youth suffering from chronic pain.

WhoACI Pain Management Network
Content and deliverySeven 10-minute online videos
DurationSelf-paced.

7. painTRAINER

A mindbody diagnosis requires a mind-centric solution.

Enter painTRAINER by The University of Melbourne. They describe it as a “an interactive, online program based on scientific research that teaches you effective strategies to manage your pain”.

Based on leading-edge cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and backed by peer-reviewed research.

Access if free, but you will need to register of course.

WhoProf Kim Bennell, Prof Rana Hinman et al.
The University of Melbourne
Content and deliveryEight online sessions from 30-45 minutes.
DurationSelf-paced.

8. Nutrition For Chronic Pain

Ok, I will admit it.

My diet was the first thing to go out the window when chronic pain strikes.

An extra glass of wine, that candy bar, or a trip to Wendy’s (the baconator is my personal weakness) is a common coping mechanism. This doesn’t do us any favors in the long run.

Enter the Guide To Nutrition For Chronic Pain by Dr Wayne Jonas.

Choosing foods that reduce inflammation, promote weight loss or help with sleep are a win-win.

They do tackle the issue of obesity and the fact that a high body mass index can make pain worse.

But, they don’t point the finger of blame! They approach the issue with kindness and curiosity.

“Having obesity and chronic pain does not mean you are a bad person, any more than having diabetes or depression does.”

Dr Wayne Jonas also has other free guides to Navigating The Health Care System and Journaling Through Pain And Trauma.

WhoDr Wayne Jonas.
Content and deliveryText-based workbook (35 pages).
DurationSelf-paced.

9. Retrain Pain Foundation

Remember that pain is unhelpful neural pathways? They once served a purpose, but not anymore!

Time to retrain those maladaptive connections.

Like any form of training, it takes time, practice, and repetition.

The Retrain Pain course is developed by the Retrain Pain Foundation.

Consisting of 19, one-minute lessons, there is no excuse not to get started today!

You’ve even got 24 different languages to choose from. Helpful for non-native English speakers such as elderly friends and family who may struggle to get htrough a pain textbook.

WhoElan Schneider, Rob DiLillo, and Greg Hullstrung
Retrain Pain Foundation.
Content and delivery19, one-minute slide presentations.
DurationSelf-paced.

10. ESCAPE-pain

Motivation…

Just the word alone conjures up thoughts like “I wish I was more motivated”, “I should be doing more”, “It’s hard to keep going”.

Fortunately, the ESCAPE-pain program (developed by the NHS) tackles this head on.

This six-week program is unique in that you have two sessions to complete weekly. To keep you on track the clock starts ticking as soon as you’ve registered.

Each weekly session is only available for, well, one week. This keeps you motivated and focused for 12 sessions.

WhoProfessor Mike Hurley
Content and deliveryOnline delivery.
DurationTwo sessions per week for six weeks (12 sessions in total).

11. RECOVERY Strategies

It’s never comfortable getting asked tough questions.

But how often do we actually get to ask ourselves how we are really coping? What do we want with a pain recovery?

Dr. Greg Lehman guides us through this and more over at Reconciling Biomechanics With Pain Science.

This text consists of four main sections across 71 pages – with extensive theory and practice.

It has been translated into German, Italian, French, Swedish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, and Spanish. Wunderbar!

WhoGreg Lehman
Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science
Content and delivery71 page booklet including both theory and practice.
DurationGoals are set for 3 months.

Takeaway: Chronic Pain Recovery Courses

There is no shortage of free chronic pain resources to help you recover.

The 11 courses mentioned above incorporate a wide variety of approaches, so there is something for everyone.

I am the kind of person who likes to read a textbook, detailed guide, or worksheet. No doubt others will get more out of YouTube videos or multimedia based recovery plans. Mix it up until you find what works best for you.

The important thing is to choose a plan that works for you. Something that you can commit to for a few minutes each day.

Keep immersing yourself in the literature that physical pain can be caused by emotions. Treat yourself with kindness and grace. There is hope!

Remember not to be too hard on yourself. Chronic pain sufferers often suffer from perfectionism and high, unrelenting standards. Keep chipping away

My hope is that you have found this list beneficial.

Complementary Resources

Q: What do you notice about all the above programs?

A: The approach to recovery is biopsychosocial.

That’s a big word.

Let’s break it down.

Bio: physical health, genetics,
Psycho: thoughts, emotions, fear/avoidance, coping methods.
Social: work issues, family circumstances and socio-economics.

Source: physio-pedia.com/File:Biopsychosocial-model-of-health.PNG

While healing primarily involves reconciling our unconscious emotion, there are other important factors at play.

Sure chronic pain hurts. But what about all the alcohol you are drinking to cope with it? Or the snack food you are so dutifully treating yourself with? Why are you going to be at 2 am each night? What is you attitude to others when it comes to pain?

Sure skipping on that extra drink, getting some exercise, or going to bed earlier isn’t going to magically cure your pain.

But don’t you deserve a fighting chance?

All these little things stack into something larger than the individual parts.

It’s wonderful when it happens.

So time to shed some extra pounds? Quit smoking for good? Or have a good hard think about your attitude to pain, even if this involves engaging a psychologist?

(Remember that your family doctor should be the main point of contact when making these lifestyle changes.)

The following are some complementary resources to help fortify your recovery.

1. Meditations And Mindfulness For Chronic Pain

You’d be hard pressed to find a program for healing chronic pain that doesn’t involve a meditative component – and for good reason. It’s so darn wonderful!

So I know what you are thinking: 1) listen to a 10 min audio of some relaxing guy with a British accent. 2) Get back to my life once the ten minutes is up. 3) Fixed right? 

Wong!

Meditation isn’t about “doing a task”, it’s about becoming aware of things, slowly and surely calming the brain.

Reassuring that it is safe.

Extinguishing the pain.

I had tried apps like Headspace and found the results a little so-so.

My personal favorite is none other than Dr Daniel Siegel (disclaimer: I am a Dan Siegel fan). It was his explanation that finally made things “click”. Directing attention away from future stresses: work, shopping, family dramas, etc. and towards real, tangible things, such as the senses, thoughts, and bodily sensations, is a wonderfully calming and restorative experience.

Check out his “Wheel Of Awareness” meditations at his official website. They include a helpful infographic, a 30 minute version, 20 minute version, and a more condensed 7 minute version.

What I found most useful was experiencing the interior of the body warts and all. The racing heart, shallow breathing, churning stomach, and twinge of non-specific pain. The more I focused on it, and to the sole exclusion of it, the more it started to… melt away.

For those wanting to dig a big deeper, this podcast with the man himself explains the benefits of meditation and chronic pain.

Siegel’s methodology may not “click” with everyone.

And that’s ok.

There are plenty of other pain specific mediations out there, including this one produce by The Mindful Movement.

2. More Of A Podcast Kinda Person?

We’re all strapped for time (welcome to 2021!).

Is the best way to start recovering by adding a few of the chronic pain podcasts below into your daily commute mix?

The wonderful thing about podcasts is that you often hear so many incredible personal stories. Pain is a very personal experience after all. It can be hard to describe or articulate to others, particularly when you are trying to make sense of it yourself!

Hearing how other people talk about pain can be enlightening to say the least.

Many of these podcasts include complementary approaches such as mindfulness, diet, exercise, and psychology. Some are more targeted at patients while others are more directed at healthcare professionals. But don’t let this dissuade you, it’s always good to hear from the perspectives of others.

The following have a good mix of pain science, sufferers stories, and expert opinion:

3. TMS Wiki, Forums, And Social Media

It’s no denying that for many a chronic pain diagnosis is also a sentence to social isolation.

It’s hard to get out of bed, difficult to enjoy time with friends and family, and hard to explain it to people who just don’t understand.

Social connection is important.

While social media can create additional stress, insecurity, and jealously, there are a few dedicated pain related forums.

By now you already know that the TMS Wiki and Help Forum is your one stop shop for all things chronic pain. It’s home to some 9,400 members and includes the aforementioned Alan Gordon program.

If you’re a Sarno fan, you’ll love the TMS Wiki network.

Another good platform is Reddit. And is a hard platform to classify. Is it social media, a message board, or a news platform?

Whatever you call it, it’s a home of largely anonymous micro-communities (called subreddits). The subreddit for chronic pain (r/chronicpain) is home to some 52,000 members.

Other dedicated forums and social media platforms include:


4. Official Organizations

Have you made it this far?

You’ve realized that there is a lot of noise when it comes to healing from chronic pain.

Luckily there are many reputable organizations that offer scientifically proven and researched back methods for eliminating pain.

Hearing from the experts is a great way to fact-check all the wonderful “advice” you get from friends, family, and strangers on the internet.

Final Thoughts

Phew!

Well that was exahsuing.

My hope is that you are energized to tackle chronic pain. Yes, it’s not going to be easy. And no, it’s not going to magically happen over night.

Keep taking small steps day by day.

After all, our life is the sum of all our choices.

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