Because of the potential stigma, many people suffering from pain do not share their experiences.

But sharing stories is critical to creating an awareness of the depth of this health epidemic and creating positive change.

The U.S. Pain Foundation designates September as Pain Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Let’s Talk About Pain.”

In the United States, 50 million people suffer from chronic pain that can last for months or even years. In fact, pain is the number one reason people visit the doctor. If you have a family member or friend who is suffering, you know that the impact of chronic pain extends well beyond the individual — to families and communities.

Living with pain can be a source of financial burden, isolation, and a decreased quality of life.

It is important for patients to know that there are options available to them.

Please join us in talking about pain and supporting people in our community who suffer from pain most days or even every day. To raise awareness, spread the word that “Wear Blue Day” is Sept. 27. Sign up for free weekly webinars, social media challenges and giveaways all month long at uspainawarenessmonth.com.

Dr. Rommel Gonzaga

LaVale

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