Chronic pain can be extremely difficult to navigate. More than just longstanding physical pain, it can be especially isolating to feel alone in what you are going through. Some people in your life may not believe you. Others may not understand what you are going through no matter how hard they might try. Finding chronic pain support groups can help ease the mental part of your battle with chronic pain, as there can be a sense of peace in being understood and knowing you are not alone in what you are going through.
The Chronic Pain Support Group is a private Facebook group that contains 54.7K members. This group is made up of people who suffer from chronic pain from all over the world due to various illnesses and injuries. The main goal of this group is to be positive, supportive and inspiring. Another Facebook Group by the same name is Chronic Pain Support Group. This private Facebook group has 4.5K members. The primary goal of this support group is to provide support and advocacy for others who experience chronic pain. Living in Chronic Pain is a private group of 6.6K members where members share stories, give advice, and listen to each other. While many people with chronic pain feel like people do not listen to them, this group tries to provide a safe space for people with chronic pain to be seen and heard. Looking for something a little more lighthearted? Chronic Pain The Funny Side ReLoaded is another Facebook group that is specifically designed for people to share the funny stories that go with their chronic pain. Laughing can be great therapy, and many people find comfort in being able to laugh about some of the struggles they go through.
What is great about chronic pain support groups on Facebook is that you can access the support anytime you have an internet connection and mobile device. Maybe that is in the comfort of your own home in the middle of a flare-up, or maybe it is at a family dinner at a relative’s house. These chronic pain support groups are always with you no matter where you are.
Support Groups in The Woodlands
If you are looking for an option that is more local to you, there are many different chronic pain support groups in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Psychiatry and Counseling has a Chronic Pain Management Group that was created to help members understand their pain, learn coping skills, and share experiences and challenges with other people going through chronic pain. For more information on this program, contact The Woodlands Psychiatry and Counseling. Another Chronic Pain Support Group in the area is Psynergy Psychological Associates Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain group. This group meets in Houston once a week to discuss what it is like to live with chronic pain. The sessions cost $60-$80. For more information, contact the host, Catherine Boswell.
Another form of a Chronic Pain Support Group is the therapists at Taylor Counseling Group. These therapists are specifically trained to support people with the impacts of chronic illness as well as teach coping skills that can help people manage chronic pain. You can schedule an appointment here.
There are also various associations worldwide designed to help people cope with chronic pain. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has a list of host sites for local support groups across the nation. Their mission is to facilitate peer support and education so people with chronic pain can live more fully. This positive environment is designed to share learnings and encouragement from your own chronic pain experience rather than talk about symptoms or suggestions for treatment. Locally, they have physical group locations coming soon to Austin, Round Rock, San Marcos, and Waco, Texas.
Pain Connection is a free support group that offers zoom calls where people can connect to discuss their chronic pain. This National Chronic Pain Support Group offers monthly 1.5 hour Zoom calls where participants can meet the first Thursday, second Thursday, third Thursday, fourth Thursday, or last Saturday of the month. Significant others are welcome on these calls. They discuss various topics that change monthly. For example, this upcoming call’s topic is what do you say when asked ‘how are you?’ or ‘are you feeling better?’ This company also offers zoom calls for specialized populations with chronic pain including but not limited to teens, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+, and caregivers/care partners of those with chronic pain.
The Mighty has a forum for chronic pain that has a community of 365 thousand people. This forum acts more as a social media site where people can post different articles, questions, or frustrations at any given time. It is less structured, so there is no guarantee of an instant response like you might get with a live support group, but it is also more flexible in this way as you can post at any time. Another forum-style worldwide chronic pain support group is MyChoronicPainTeam. MyChronicPainTeam is a free support forum for 40 health conditions. This is the social network for those living with chronic pain. They have a mobile app and people can interact with posts and give out “hugs,” “likes,” and comments.
The U.S. Pain Foundation has patient-education days and summits called Take Control of Your Pain (TCOYP). The day focuses on learning, meeting others, and sharing feelings about one’s experience with chronic pain. The goal of the event is to gain relief and hope. The dates of this event have not yet been announced for next year, but regularly check the U.S. Pain Foundation website or contact the U.S. Pain Foundation for more information.
We recognize that living with chronic pain is extremely difficult, and we want to make your experience better in any way possible. You are not alone and we are here to help. If you have any further questions about chronic pain support groups as it relates to your pain specifically or your preferred method of support (online, in person, etc.) do not hesitate to contact us today.