ResourcesHere are some local, state and national resources for chronic pain. We have provided links to those that have sites on the World Wide Web.
Portland Press Herald pain series
The Portland Press Herald ran a three part series of articles on chronic pain in December, 2014. Links to the articles are below:
- Tuesday: Pain relief after amputation gives gift of mobility to Gorham woman
- Monday: After foot amputated, relief and high hopes
- Sunday:Chronic pain, drastic decision: Elisha's Choice
University of New England Video SeriesIn 2013 two University of New England students collaborated to document chronic pain in conjunction with the Pain Support Group of Southern Maine. Lindsay St. Louis, Senior Undergraduate Neuroscience Major and Mike D'Apice, Communications Major/Art Minor graduate interviewed members of the group and created the video series. Links to the videos are below:
- A Community in Pain
- Susan Gold's story
- Nannette Keating's story
- Ernie Merritt's story
- Robert Foley'story
OrganizationsThe American Academy of Pain Management
Arthritis Foundation New England Region
6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260
Concord, NH 03301
Toll Free Phone: 800-639-2113
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Fri Eastern
The National Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 19000
Atlanta, GA 30326
Southern Maine Medical Center's Pain Management Center
One Medical Center Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005
National Chronic Pain Outreach Association
P.O. Box 274
Millboro, VA 24460
American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA, 95677-0850
Seacoast Area Fibromyalgia/CFIDS/Chronic Pain Support Groups
Lots of good information on fibromyalgia, a chat room, and links to other sites.
The Fibromyalgia Community
Lots of good information on fibromyalgia, support group listing, and links to other sites.
U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc.
670 Newfield Street, Suite B
Middletown, CT 06457
A national organization for survivors of RSD/chronic pain and their loved ones. Website especially for those with reflex sympathetic dystrophy and/or chronic pain. Basic topics include: newsletters, signs/symptoms/description, stages of RSD/CRPS, medical terms/treatments/facts, as well as a large collection of medical articles and articles for those coping with chronic pain. Special sections for young survivors and a poetry page.
Government and official agenciesMaine Department of Human Services
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Fibromyalgia info from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine: List of docs, see how your doctor rates
Medicare, including prescription drug assistance program
American Board of Pain Medicine Doctors
Support groupsSeacoast Area Fibromyalgia/CFIDS/Chronic Pain Support Groups
New Hampshire. Lots of good information on fibromyalgia, a chat room, and links to other sites.
Legal & advocacy resourcesdisABILITY Information and Resources
Articles and other mediaHere are some other links on the World Wide Web that may be interesting. Some are specific to certain diseases, others are general medical references that may provide some information. Although in most cases we have checked these sites quickly, we can't verify the information on them and we advise using caution.
CBS correspondent Morley Safer talks about treating chronic pain
New England Journal of Medicine
This is the web page for the group that publishes the weekly medical journal. They offer a portion of each week's journal, as well as links to other medical sites. This should be a reliable (although technical) source of medical information.
OtherSetting up a pain support group
I've posted a separate section explaining how I set up our pain support group. There are also links to behavior guidelines and warm-up exercises you can do to get each session started.
Pain & Policy Studies Group Homepage