Resources

Here 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:

University of New England Video Series

In 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:

Organizations

The American Academy of Pain Management

Arthritis Foundation New England Region
6 Chenell Drive, Suite 260
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-224-9322
Email: info.nne@arthritis.org
Fax: 603-224-3778
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
1-800-283-7800

Southern Maine Medical Center's Pain Management Center
One Medical Center Drive
Biddeford, ME 04005
207-283-7640

National Chronic Pain Outreach Association
P.O. Box 274
Millboro, VA 24460
Phone: 540-862-9437
Fax: 540-862-9485
email: NCPOA@CFW.COM

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA, 95677-0850
(916) 632-0922
acpa@pacbell.net.

Seacoast Area Fibromyalgia/CFIDS/Chronic Pain Support Groups
New Hampshire.
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
(800) 910-2462
info@uspainfoundation.org webmaster@uspainfoundation.org

American RSDHope
Harrison, Maine
email:rsdhope@mail.org
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 agencies

Maine 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 groups

Seacoast 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 resources

disABILITY Information and Resources

Articles and other media

Here 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.

Other

Setting 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