Along the way, after having tried many things, as those with a chronic condition are given to do, you may have come across the idea of going to an in-patient pain treatment center.
A week or so of having medical experts and alternative health care practitioners come together with you to specifically focus on and explore your unique condition and then carve out a path, a holistic strategy, to improve your health and quality of living is a pretty darn exciting premise, especially if you’ve run through just about every kind and type of cure. And, as you’ve tried other alternatives already, insurance would do surly their part.
It sounds like a really great idea, doesn’t it?
And although such facilities do exist, and many of them really excellent ones- such as…
The Mayo Clinic’s Pain Rehabilitation Center, The Sierra Tucson Pain Management Rehabilitation Center, and The Johns Hopkins Pain Treatment Program, you will rapidly run into a problem all to familiar to chronic pain patients…
The medicines many of us with chronic pain need to survive are under suspect due to, the supposed, “Opiate Abuse Crisis” (see The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Opiate Painkiller Prescribing Analysis and check out this Interesting Math Fact: there are 46 painkiller overdose deaths a day x 365 days in a year/259M painkiller prescriptions for 2012 = A 6/100% risk of overdose for every prescription).
In other words, according to the CDC, for every painkiller prescription written in the U.S. for 2012 there was a significantly less than 1% chance that an overdose would occur.
So, for chronic pain sufferers it’s not quite so easy to find a treatment center to help address their often complex problem(s). What you will find, when you go looking, are treatment centers who don’t necessarily understand chronic pain (as we know so well caused by and compounded by an oft times mystifying combination of factors) but rather those who would like to “cure” us of our “problem” with prescription painkillers.
What to do?
Several really well respected organizations are, fortunately for us, aware of the problem and have created lists of well-vetted Pain Treatment Centers. So, if you’ve come to this junction in your search for whole-picture pain management assistance and a viable quality of life…
Thank you to The American Pain Society (for their “Award Winning Pain Clinic Centers” list ) and The American Chronic Pain Association (for their treatment center guideline recommendations) for their help in the tricky business of searching for a treatment center for those of us in chronic pain.