Chronic Pain Support Groups in Northern California

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When looking for alternative treatment options for chronic pain, there are numerous rewarding and engaging support groups in California. These dedicated therapeutic social groups help ease the loneliness of chronic pain sufferers while creating a supportive environment to heal and receive encouragement.

Types of Chronic Pain Support Groups

There isn't one type of support group for chronic pain. Instead, there are many devoted networks of chronic pain support groups. While each one offers similar services, the energy, culture, and vibe vary between groups. There are also specialized ones, such as a fibromyalgia support group that caters specifically to those suffering from fibromyalgia.

It is essential to select your group based on your availability and personality. While some groups meet weekly, others may meet monthly. There are also online support groups.

Benefits of Joining a Support Group

Being part of a pain support group can provide individuals with a sense of community. According to a study by the Asian Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women, the experience can improve overall outcomes in physical and social activities.

Chronic pain support groups can offer members a platform to speak about their personal struggles. Although this could be done by a medical professional, some doctors are not prepared to handle the depression and the social isolation of chronic pain. In a support group setting, many people empathize with each other.

Support group members understand that what you are experiencing is normal and that you are not alone in your experience. Attending a chronic pain support group can help both body and mind. Those who attend support groups often experience less anxiety and stress, which can help lessen pain levels.

In-Person vs. Virtual Support Groups

Both in-person and online support groups are great options and equally viable for those suffering from chronic pain. But according to Mayo Health, there are some risks involved with online support groups. Poorly organized online groups may lead to scams and misinformation. Online support groups may also cause additional feelings of isolation.

It is essential to do research when considering joining a support group. You want a group that fits your personality, but you also want one that is properly organized. Only attend those you find through trusted sources to avoid falling into scams or untrustworthy groups.

What to Expect in a Pain Support Group

When you are ready to join a new pain support group, look at it as joining a new club. You will likely be asked to give some background information, like your age and the pain you are experiencing.

You can expect to hear other people talk about their experiences, frustrations, and triumphs. You may be asked to say something about yourself. If you don't feel comfortable sharing your own experiences, it is okay to say no. However, sharing something can be a great confidence boost and help you feel included in the group.

Even if the first session isn't what you were expecting, continue to attend a few more. The more sessions you participate in, the more likely you will find others you can relate with. This will also increase your sense of community belonging.

How Support Groups Help Pain Management

The mission of chronic pain support groups is to help improve mental health. This part of our body wellness tends to be overlooked until it becomes too late to ignore. Chronic pain sufferers frequently find their lives oppressed by their illness, and their pain often causes them to skip out on important events with family and friends. This usually results in feeling misunderstood and isolated.

Pain support groups fill this social void. Members can offer tips for dealing with pain, which others can use in their daily routine. Some groups may also have a resident professional who can give medical tips. In a nutshell, pain support groups provide mental and emotional stability, which members can use to take back their lives.

How to Find Local Chronic Pain Support Groups

Below are several chronic pain support groups in the Greater Sacramento area:

Northern California Spinal Cord Network Support Group

Location: Sacramento
Phone: (916) 734-3467

Leukemia and lymphoma support group
Location: Sacramento
Phone: (916) 734-5959

Pain Management Support Group
Locations: Midtown, Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom
Phone: (916) 780-1059  

Sacramento Area Brain Tumor Support Group
Location: Sacramento
Phone: 916-734-6948

Sacramento Amputee Support Group
Location: Sacramento
Phone: 916-715-1037

Sutter Rehabilitation Institute Education and Support
Location: Roseville
Phone: (916) 872-3083

You can ask your doctor or therapist about local groups in your area. Search social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit if you prefer online support groups. The Alternative Pain Treatment Directory also provides organizations that offer online support groups.

Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about connecting with chronic pain support groups.

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Reach Out to a Sacramento Chronic Pain Lawyer Today

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.10.22]

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