“Pain Matters” Documentary: the Burdens of Living with Chronic Pain

Megan S:

Although the presenter seems fairly over-dramatic (like in many American documentaries – sorry American readers), I can definitely relate to the comments made in the preview for this film.
I’ll be watching it when it is released online at http://www.PainMattersFilm.com after November 16.

Originally posted on EDS Info (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome):

Documentary “Pain Matters” Chronicles the Burdens of Living with Chronic Pain

Discovery Channel Saturday, Nov. 16, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 8 a.m.  This looks like the publicity we pain patients have been looking for:

The film features a range of stories of people living with chronic pain including a U.S. Navy veteran and a two-time Stanley Cup-winning hockey player.

“Pain Matters” chronicles their individual challenges in managing their condition, including validation of their pain due to the difficulty in objectively measuring it and working with healthcare professionalsto develop an individualized treatment plan.

Several key facets of pain management are thus covered:

  • individual challenges  (pain is personal)
  • managing their condition (an ongoing effort)
  • validation of their pain (patients words must be believed)
  • difficulty in objectively measuring it  (cannot be physically determined)
  • working with healthcare professionals (requires a…

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Diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome in 2013. I'm currently trying to find a lifestyle that reduces the symptoms from these conditions and allows me to live a fulfilling life. I'm passionate about sustainability, mindfulness, and simplified living, and I love being outdoors, yoga, walking, drawing, sewing and baking.

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2 comments on ““Pain Matters” Documentary: the Burdens of Living with Chronic Pain
  1. I only saw 1/2 of program since it aired 8:00 Sat. a.m. I cried thru what I watched since I have had chronic pain 18 years but otherwise no life threatening illnesses. Never had flu, one cold in past 25 years – just barely able to move at times (fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, R/A, degenerative disc disease). Identified with caregiver issues (husband tells me feels so helpless watching me suffer). Became trained Massage Therapist to help me get relief. Thank you Discovery Channel for this message of validation and hope. I have dealt with all these issues with physicians, knowing they can’t “fix” it….just give me relief. Please air this documentary periodically as the word gets around. I believe GOD let me find it just to give me encouragement. Thank everyone again, and I will be sure to watch whole program as I found it was going to re-air 12/14/13. I bless you all. SUE H.

    • Megan S says:

      Hi Sue, glad you found out about the show and that you connected with it. I agree it would be great to get the word out more and maybe airing this more often would help.

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