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How can support groups help relieve pain?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
Support groups such as those sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation are geared toward meeting the unique needs of those who suffer with pain. Although support groups are not psychotherapy groups, they do provide patients with a safe and accepting environment to vent their frustrations, share their personal stories, and receive comfort and encouragement from one another. In many such groups, the latest medications are discussed and coping suggestions are shared among members. Assurance is given that someone else knows what you are going through as people share their struggles in living with pain. After joining a support group, you may realize that the best experts on treating pain are those men and women who live with it daily, although it still remains critically important to talk your doctor before trying any treatment suggested by other patients in the group.
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