According to National Institute of Health (NIH), Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists—often for months or even longer.
Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.
India is a country with a population of 1.3 billion (approx). A survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 15 centers across Asia, Africa, Europe, and United States of America demonstrated the prevalence of chronic pain in 5 % to 33% of the population.
Just wonder, How many Indians must be suffering by chronic pain?
As said by Damayanti Datta, in India Today in 2015, “India is a nation in pain”. Chronic pain is of concern to health professionals, patients, society, and negatively impacts the quality of life. According to a point prevalence study done by Dr. G.P. Dureja et al. published in Pain Practice journal in 2014, “There is no published literature available on prevalence of chronic pain in India. There study was the first pain prevalence study that included a total of 5,004 respondents across eight different cities in India.” They came to a conclusion that, “A significant population of India suffers from chronic pain, and their quality of life is affected leading to disability.”
This is the golden age of Internet, where every second person has a phone in their hand with internet plan on it. Using the Internet, anybody can search the signs and symptoms of any ailment, but that doesn’t provide them the understanding of what the person in pain goes through on a daily basis. People suffering from such ailments are mocked, misunderstood, ignored and left alone by the others in India. The main reason behind it is the lack of knowledge and lack of awareness of the general population in terms of the impact on the health of the chronic pain and chronic illness sufferers leading to an impact on the personal and professional life.
There are various articles online to prove this sad scenario in India.
At Chronic Pain India, We plan to build a strong community for every chronic pain sufferer in India, suffering from any illness. We tend to unite every chronic pain sufferer as one and plan to make their voices be heard through the medium of writing. It will be used as a mean to raise awareness about various chronic pain conditions and chronic illness which are usually invisible through naked eyes. We plan to share the pain experiences of sufferers so that the general population can have an insight to it and they could have a better understanding. This will be like a safe house for every chronic pain sufferer in India to shed down their problems and we will slowly try to work on them & try to bring a change. It can also be used by medical practitioners to understand the perspective of the pain sufferer and they can have a better understanding of the pain patients and can provide them with a holistic approach towards their treatment.
This cause has been misunderstood and misguided for decades, leaving the sufferers in physical & mental trauma. We tend to be the voice to this cause in India and will keep on focusing on bringing a change through raising awareness about.
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If any Indian wants to share their story with us, they can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org