Compassion & Choices understands that severe chronic pain changes everything. Some days the pain or the fight to maintain health and well-being is overwhelming. Many of those who suffer chronic pain turn to our organization, because their suffering is so great, they wish to die. If this is why you are contacting us, ask to speak with a counselor, who will explain our Guidelines and determine which of our services you qualify for.
We encourage those suffering chronic pain to work with their primary care physician to develop ways to manage the pain, and to ask for a referral to pain specialists if the pain is not being controlled. Keeping a pain diary is an important step in this process.
There are many excellent organizations that provide information, support and referrals to those in chronic pain. A good resource is the American Pain Society: www.ampainsoc.org