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Living Without Pain: Treatment Truths and Myths

November 8, 20139 min
The misconception that pain is a natural part of aging is a common myth that leaves millions of people in pain every dayThe misconception that pain is a natural part of aging or illness and those who suffer must live with it, is a common myth that leaves millions of people in pain every day. There is almost always a reason why a person is experiencing pain and in most cases physical pain can be managed.Hospice and palliative care professionals, experts in helping patients and families cope with pain, know from experience that pain can take away peace of mind, comfort, enjoyment, and most of all, hope. Helping people learn the truth about pain and what can be done to manage pain is the focus of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's campaign, LIVE Without Pain."When someone is in pain, it can be impossible to think about anything else", said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Pain can make it difficult for you to work, sleep, maintain relationships with friends and loved ones and participate in simple activities."Physical pain is only one aspect of suffering. Emotional and psychological suffering is also an important factor that must be considered. Good pain management improves quality of life and in most cases it is possible to manage pain and that's why we want to increase public awareness about the issue, explained Schumacher.

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