ResourcesHere are some local, state and national resources for chronic pain. While we have looked at all of these sites, they are run by other organizations and we cannot offer any guarantees about the information you may find on these links.
Please note that links to other site, including news items, may become abandoned at some point and fail to work.
The pain cancer connection, by Cynthia Toussaint
A video about chronic pain, by Susan Dudley Gold and Ernest Merritt III
Maine Voices: UNE making strides in understanding chronic painGrateful to be taken seriously at last, chronic pain sufferers are glad to participate in the research.
Portland Press Herald pain seriesThe 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
Group featured on National Public Radio programThe Chronic Pain Support Group was featured in a HumanKind radio show recently. Listen to a clip from the show.
OrganizationsArthritis 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
Narcolepsy Network Narcolepsy Network is dedicated to improving the lives of men, women, and children with narcolepsy. The organization’s goals include increasing public awareness to foster early diagnoses, advocating for all people with narcolepsy (PWNs), promoting and supporting narcolepsy and related research, and providing education and resources both to people living with narcolepsy and the public at large.
National Chronic Pain Outreach Association
P.O. Box 274
Millboro, VA 24460
American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA, 95677-0850
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. While the organization does not appear to be currently in operation, the website is still operating.
Government and official agenciesMaine Department of Human Services
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
Legal & advocacy resourcesdisABILITY Information and Resources
Articles and other mediaHere are some other links 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.
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.
Other10 Simple Plantar Fasciitis Stretches & Exercises To Rehab Pain
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.