5 Chronic Pain Support Groups Online

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5 Chronic Pain Support Groups Online

Chronic pain can be a very isolating condition. Friends and family members may not be able to understand the daily struggle to complete the simplest of tasks, and they may be worn down from caregiving. It is essential that chronic pain patients get the support they need as part of their treatment plan, regardless of where they live or when they need it. Chronic pain support groups online can provide that support, 24/7, all over the world.

Benefits of joining chronic pain support groups

There is tremendous benefit to joining a chronic pain support group online.

Access: Anyone with an internet connection or smartphone can access people who understand what’s going on at any time of day. This can be invaluable especially for people who live in rural areas that are underserved in terms of face-to-face chronic pain support groups.

Anonymity: Some chronic pain patients prefer to keep their struggle private. In a small town, this can be difficult if there is one face-to-face group that everyone knows about. Chronic pain support groups online allow patients to maintain privacy while discussing intimate details of their pain and treatment plans.

Availability: This is closely tied to access but is a key point. For some chronic pain patients, the middle of the night can be a very difficult time. Online chronic pain support groups ensure that there is always someone awake when you need them.

Here are five chronic pain support groups online.

1. Pain Doctor’s online support groups and forums

Pain Doctor offers a variety of chronic pain support groups online, including forums, social media options like Pinterest and Twitter, and a place to share your story. We want everyone to know that chronic pain affects real people. It is important to us that we offer a place for chronic pain patients (and their loved ones) to share their story and find support.

2. Pain Doctor’s chronic pain support Facebook page

This Facebook group moderated by Pain Doctor has over 36,000 active members offering support, advice, and an ear at any time of the day or night. There are ten highly involved administrators and clear guidelines for conduct and participation, designed to protect the other members. This group is listed as a closed group, but anyone can make a simple request to join. The mission behind this page is simple:

“This group is for SUPPORT – where you can share and vent. We strive to be POSITIVE, SUPPORTIVE, and INSPIRING.”

3. The American Chronic Pain Association support groups

The American Chronic Pain Association (APA) has support groups in all 50 states. Their focus is not on symptoms or applying treatments. These support groups want to encourage all members to actively participate so that they can make daily life better for themselves and the others in the group:

“The goal of an ACPA group is to provide support, validation, and education in basic pain management and life skills. Groups are facilitated by the group members themselves and the success of the group is a shared responsibility.”

If there is not a support group that is local, chronic pain patients are encouraged to start their own. This group can meet strictly online if that is what is needed to reach the most members, or the group can be a mix of online forums support and in-person meetings.

4. SupportGroups: chronic pain

SupportGroups is an over-arching online forum that offers many different types of support. For chronic pain, their forum has over 12,600 active members. Members can post how they are feeling or updates on their treatment to receive support, advice, or just a willing ear.

While we would not normally recommend an unmoderated support group, this particular chronic pain support group seems to be a truly supportive, non-judgmental space for those needing a kind word. All posts have responses that are receptive and open.

If you have other comorbid conditions such as depression, there are support groups for that on this same site as well.

5. MDJunction

Our final chronic pain support group online is MDJunction, a great place to not only connect with others online but to also start and maintain an online journal of your personal story with pain. This is a general support group for chronic pain but does connect to other specific conditions, such as fibromyalgia.

As always, follow some simple safety guidelines when participating in chronic pain support groups online. Do not reveal personal information such as your address, the names of your family, or where you work. Look for forums and groups that are moderated and follow some guidelines for interacting (e.g., no personal attacks, no profanity, etc.).

Look for groups that have regular, consistent participation and a good number of members. And finally, remember that any medical advice given in these forums does not replace working with your doctor in real life. It is important to keep those lines of communication open.

Have you ever participated in any chronic pain support groups online? Which ones?

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By | 2016-11-17T10:18:02+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Tags: , |16 Comments

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16 Comments

  1. Luke Yancey August 18, 2016 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Thank you for listing all of the different sites where people can find support groups! I also want to add that you can use Facebook to find groups as well. My aunt is a member of a group on the site for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not only does her activity give her comfort, but it helps educate people like me who don’t know much about the pain that comes with the disease.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor August 19, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Facebook is another great resource for connecting with patients. Thanks for leaving a comment Luke!

  2. Emily November 17, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for the resources! People suffering can also sign up for a free tool from MedIQ at https://managingmypain.com/ it’s completely free, and when you sign up you will get little text messages over the course of 4 weeks with tips, motivation, or advice. I hope it helps anyone out there who needs it!

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor November 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      That sounds like a great one. Thanks for sharing it Emily!

  3. Kathy Galm January 23, 2017 at 4:14 am - Reply

    If anyone is interested in joining a new chronic pain FB page support group we would love to have you. It is called The Chronic Pain Train. We offer support for physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Help us change the face of chronic pain and leave no one behind.
    Hop Aboard. We hope to see you there.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor January 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      That’s fantastic, thank you for sharing Kathy!

  4. Barbara W May 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Kathy, yes I would love to join your Chronic pain group I am an Advocacey pain patient with a lot of problems. I have been on the National Pain report site a lot. I have been very aware of what is going on with our government trying to take away our medication period. I have a lot of knowledge about what is going on. I am looking for people whom want to come out of their privacy to connect so we can actually do something about all that is going down against us. Could u advise me if you know about such people or a site that has THAT.

    • Mark July 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Ive been a chronic pain sufferer for 26 years , seems all treatment has been cut off and I can’t find help.
      My pain came from a rollover car accident when I was 23 I’m now 61 with degenerative disc disease with arthritis and bone spurs.
      Ive exhausted all my options and and fed up being told the only thing that helps is now the wrong option.
      Where do people like me go from here , is there anybody out there.

  5. Steve Florence July 25, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Don’t know what to do? Meaning were to get someone to talk to you and not put you down because you have too take pain meds.

  6. Rusty August 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being availiable. I have just started to check your resource out and hope to evaluate cognitive based approaches to chronic pain with Professionals and others of a peer group. I hope to be with you for a minimum amount of time to fully evaluate the varied support you may offer.

  7. Sunil September 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    There is an app that also works great in providing chronic pain support groups. It is called Reachout. You can see more details and download links at:

    http://www.reachout.life

    They cover chronic pain but also cancer, diabetes, mental health and some other major chronic diseases.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor September 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing! Looks great.

  8. Lisa Marie Esposito March 30, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Any support groups for people living with a partner who is in chronic pain?

  9. Marie April 2, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    It seems my chronic pain is consistent and non- stopping.

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