At least 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain every year. It is estimated that between 130 and 145 million individuals live with at least one chronic illness, and many live with multiple illnesses. The American Pain Foundation conducted a 2006 survey and found that almost three quarters of individuals with chronic pain felt depressed, more than two thirds reported trouble concentrating, and most also reported sleep problems.
Because chronic illness and pain can have such a devastating effect on overall enjoyment of life, as well as relationships, work, sleep, and mood, counseling for chronic illness and pain is a very important part of the treatment protocol. We work with patients to determine behavioral, social, and coping strategies to manage their pain symptoms, as well as strategies to increase their overall enjoyment of life, even in the presence of pain and illness.