The following is a copy of the letter I received from Brightcove TV. On September 13, 2008.
My Life In Chronic Pain has premiered on Brightcove.tv
On September 15, 2008, I received this email;
Congratulations, your video has been approved! We like the video you've recently uploaded and are delighted to feature it on our website. You will receive a follow-up email from ChronicPainConnection.com once your video has been published to the 2008 APF Pain and Creativity Exhibit.
I am excited. Not just for me, but for the millions of people living in chronic pain who cannot make a video, or write a poem, or draw a picture or do much more than answer their email on their computer.
These are the voices crying out for help and not getting any response. The millions of people who are under medicated and suffering needlessly. The medication and other medical procedures exist. But not for them. They have
- no insurance and could not afford insurance at any price
- have insurance but cannot afford their deductible for the office visit
- have medicare and cannot afford their 20% for the surgery
- are not aware that adequate therapeutic procedures are available
- have a doctor who is not educated sufficiently to handle their chronic condition
The kind of pain I am talking about is not the kind of pain you feel when you stump your toe and it hurts for a day or two. It is not the kind of pain you get from a broken arm. Once the arm heals, you pain will go away. I am talking about a pain that has taken on a life of its own.
The injury, if any, heals but the pain continues. Some how the chemical make up of your brain has changed and you are in constant never ending pain. It is a pain you may have for the rest of your life.
Only working with your doctors and finding the right combination of medication, meditation, exercise, and nutrition will give you an acceptable quality of life. And, this may take years. But once you find that combination, the wait and the work is worth it!
Listen as these two doctors discuss their understanding of chronic pain.