Pain. It’s something we feel from a young age and throughout our lives in various ways. But no matter what hurts, the way we experience and manage pain is a unique and personal story, no matter the symptoms or diagnosis. Unfortunately, while pain is a common sensation that translates to every part of the world, many misconceptions exist about certain types of pain and pain management.
This disconnection is one of the reasons each September is Pain Awareness Month (PAM), a month dedicated to spreading awareness about various forms of pain and addressing how we manage them. Starting informative conversations about pain-related topics is a crucial part of this time, as it works to dispel hurtful information that undermines how people internalize pain and perceive those who have it, whether that’s using opioids or dealing with depression.
So if you have personal experience coping with pain or know those who suffer daily, consider contributing in some way this month. Speak up and correct wrong information when you hear it. Share your stories and the stories of others, but only if you have their permission. Or even donate to campaigns like Give A Squat 4 Pain.
Either way, start meaningful conversations whenever you can.