Those suffering with chronic pain are facing even more challenges during this world-wide health pandemic. Isolation, limited pharmacy and medical services and supplies, and constant fear and anxiety are leading to increased suffering.
“To see exactly how the pandemic is impacting pain care, the U.S. Pain Foundation went right to the source, surveying 664 individuals across the country living with chronic pain. Their findings, based on early April 2020 data, show that:
- 77.4% are facing barriers to treatment
- 63.8% are experiencing increased pain
- 69.7% consider themselves to be at high risk for serious COVID-19.
“Because of their risk factors, this population of patients must limit contact,” said CEO Nicole Hemmenway, in a press release. “But they also live with painful conditions that require consistent medical care in order for them to function. It’s a terrible catch-22.” PPM Practical Pain Management. Read more