Where to Get Help
See a doctor who specializes in chronic pain
The first thing any person suffering from chronic pain should do is see a doctor. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you disagree with the diagnosis.
Part of the reason opioids have become such a big problem in the United States is because it became unacceptable in the 90s to let patients live with pain. Opioids are a quick fix, and doctors are busy. If you believe you’re being brushed off by a doctor, you have the right to seek out another.
Pain treatment options
Once you’ve found a doctor that you trust, discuss alternative pain management therapies with them. Work with a specialist and your support network—your spouse, your friends, your family, a local organization, or a support group (see below)—to create an active recovery plan. Don’t let someone else do it for you. Take charge. This is your life you’re trying to take back from the clutches of chronic pain.
Pain management classes and events
This website includes a community-submitted and actively maintained list of classes and events in our local areas of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. Check out the calendar to find classes and events near you.
(If you know of a class or event that’s not listed, please notify us and help us add it to the calendar using this form.)
Pain management organizations and support groups
Chronic pain is a long-suffering problem. To get through it and come out the other side a healthy human being once again, we all need a network to support us and help us through it.
Pain management organizations and support groups are great ways to find the support you need and—perhaps even more importantly—find others who share your experiences and pain. The best advice in anything in life always comes from people who have already been through—or are living daily—what you’re going through.
Check out this list of local organizations and support groups in Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. If you know of an organization or support group that’s not listed, let us know and we’ll add it right away so that others can find it, too.