If you’re living with long-lasting (or “chronic”) pain—from an injury, surgery, or health condition like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia—you’re not alone. About 100 million Americans are living with chronic pain.
There’s a lot you can do to manage your pain and related issues—so you can live a healthier, more productive, and more enjoyable life. And we can help.
HOW WE’LL HELP YOU
This workshop meets for 2.5 hours, one day each week for a total of 6 weeks.
Your workshop leader and fellow participants will help guide and support you in learning to:
- Manage common problems that can come with chronic pain—like fatigue (feeling tired), trouble sleeping and being socially isolated
- Work through the emotional challenges of living with chronic pain—like frustration and feeling alone
- Exercise in ways that improve your strength, flexibility, and endurance—while pacing yourself between activities to get enough rest
- Be an active partner in working with your doctor and other care providers
- Help your friends and family better understand your pain, and how it affects your ability to participate in activities
- Manage your medications to get better results and stay safe
Our workshops are free of cost for all participants. That’s because we’re committed to making sure all Vermonters have access to expert advice and proven strategies to take control of their health.
THIS WORKSHOP MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU
If you’ve been living with lasting pain for more than 3 to 6 months from conditions like:
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Joint pain
- Pain after surgery that continues for more than 6 months
- Neuropathic pain or diabetic neuropathy
- Pain after a stroke
- Lasting headaches
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis