I haven't had a pain related post in a few days, so I wanted to check in. The first decent idea that came to mind as support. We all need great support systems, but family and friends can't always handle our pain and stress, so we turn to each other.
As an intractable pain patient, I find three problems with support groups:
1) There aren't many around me
2) I can't travel to one during a pain flare, when I need to avoid isolation most
3) Support groups only meet at select times, usually once a week
So, we turn to online support groups. There are many online support groups on Google Groups or Yahoo Groups. There are also Facebook groups, but I don't recommend them because they aren't as close knit and you can't have the messages delivered directly to your inbox. I have found several groups that I really like, but the most broad and helpful one, with the least restrictive rules is LWCP. It has also helped me the most. I will say that there are many other great groups and my recommendation of LWCP doesn't mean that I don't value the other groups. As a Moderator of LWCP (the owner has become a great friend), I review membership requests. If anyone does decide to join, please note that you found the group from my blog when you sign-upm