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Veterans Pain Management

Veteran/Public Tools Available


The following five new resources have been added to: 


 Chronic Pain 101:
    - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)
    - Introduction to CBT for Chronic Pain
    - Tom’s Experience in CBT for Chronic Pain 


 Self Management:
    - Moving Forward Course
    - Treatment Works for Vets


Reclaiming Your Life From Pain

Living with chronic pain is challenging. It often feels like you just need the right medication or treatment to take the pain away. But often that’s not enough, especially with chronic pain. In fact, the best any medication or medical procedure has given you, or ever could give you, is 25 or 30 percent relief.

There are many other approaches to managing chronic pain, and better relief is often found when medications and invasive interventions are combined with or even replaced by active rehabilitation and education approaches, and behavioral-psychological treatments. This supports and strengthens the capacity of the person living with chronic pain to manage his/her symptoms in a way that fosters a more satisfying and vital life. In fact, rehabilitation through cognitive, behavioral, and physical reactivation treatments (also called functional restoration) often lessens or avoids the need for medications and other more invasive procedures.  


ACPA Resource Guide

Online Classroom: Take charge. Live well…even if you hurt


This online training program provides customized content based on your own experiences and beliefs about pain and its treatment. After completing the course, a personal feedback report is provided with suggestions for steps you can take for better pain management and topics you should discuss with your health care providers. 

Take the Chronic Pain Education for Veterans - Free On-line Course!

Living Better with Chronic Pain – A Resource for Veterans

  1. When you have pain, you naturally protect your body, by restricting activity and seeking medical help. But over time, if the pain lasts, you may become trapped in a vicious cycle of muscle loss, avoidance, loss of normal function, and negative feelings.
  2. Additional costs may include strained relationships, job loss, problems with depression and low self-esteem, less time with family, fewer valued activities, lower quality of life, and over time, more pain.
  3. Pain is biopsychosocial from the beginning so changed from ‘it starts as physical’ since it is impacted by various factors the entire way, even when acute.
  4. No one approach is enough to help with pain by itself. Chronic pain must be addressed from many directions.




Resources:


- International Association for the Study of Pain * IASP is a leading professional forum for science, practice, and education in the field of pain.


- Pain Action * -  http://www.painaction.com/

- Pain EDU * -  http://www.painedu.org/

- Chronic Pain * -  http://www.chronicpain.org/

- American Pain Foundation * -  http://www.painfoundation.org/

- Pain Medicine *   http://www.painmedicinenews.com/ 


Administrative Resources


•Pain Policy:
- James A. Haley (Tampa) VA Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Policy


An example of a Hospital Policy Memorandum outlining the purpose and scope of an interdisciplinary program.  


- VHA Pain Management Strategy Overview. 


A detailed overview of the VHA Pain Management Strategy


- VHA National Pain Management Strategy: Update and Future Directions. A presentation by the Program Director for VA National Pain Management

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Support for Veterans

Crisis Chat

 

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If you’re a Veteran in crisis or Service member in crisis — or you're concerned about one — there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


By clicking the button below, you accept these terms of service.Start your confidential chat


The crisis chat is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to any Service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and any Veteran, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.


Whatever's got you down — chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or ever-disturbing memories of your tour of duty — a specially trained responder can provide support day or night.


What to Expect

A responder will answer and ask you a few questions. This responder will work with you to help you through any personal crisis, even if that crisis does not involve thoughts of suicide. You can decide how much you want to share.


The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by phone or text:


  • Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
  • Text 838255
  • Support for deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889
  • Homeless Veterans Chat

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FAQs

FAQs

Why does pain become chronic?

Acute vs. Chronic Pain * 


What is the biopsychosocial model of pain?

Biological, psychological, and social factors interact to impact the experience of pain. * 


Pain Videos

Pain management educational videos targeting the most common issues facing Providers and Patients * 


Why am I seeing a psychologist for pain?

How psychologists can help with pain management. * 


How does stress play a role?

Stress effects on the body * 


PAIN MANAGEMENT FACT SHEET

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Spotlight on Pain Management is the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00am ET.


Intended Audience: Researchers, Clinicians, Operations, Veterans, and Public.


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