Pain News Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent online news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management. Our mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain, and to connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.
It is estimated that 1.5 billion people worldwide have suffered from chronic pain --- including about 100 million Americans. Although chronic pain is a common experience, many pain sufferers feel isolated and misunderstood by their doctors, co-workers, family and friends. Many also go untreated or under-treated by the healthcare system.
Our reporters and columnists cover not only the latest research, regulations and treatments for chronic pain, but the many social and financial challenges faced by pain sufferers -- and the remarkable courage they display coping with what is often a lifetime illness.
Non-profit organizations, news organizations and private individuals are welcome to share our articles and RSS feed on their websites, blogs, newsletters and on social media; provided that Pain News Network is credited as the source by name and a link is provided back to this website. For-profit companies or websites must contact the editor for permission before sharing our articles or content.
The vast majority of our readers are people in chronic pain. We know from surveys and other sources that about 85% of our readers are in the United States. We also have a significant following in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia; as well as loyal readers in such diverse places as India, South Africa, France, Norway, New Zealand, Japan, Kenya, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica and several other countries. Chronic pain is a worldwide problem that knows no borders.
Over 80% of our readers are female -- which is not surprising since women are more likely to have a chronic pain condition and to feel the symptoms more severely. The average age of our readers is about 55, although we have many who are much younger or older.
It is not uncommon for our readers to suffer from multiple pain conditions. The most common ones are back pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, migraine, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, complex regional pain syndrome (RSD), lupus or some other autoimmune disease.
Nearly two-thirds of our readers currently take opioids for pain relief -- although we notice there is always an interest in stories about alternative pain treatments (massage, acupuncture, medical marijuana, medical devices, etc.) that do not involve pain medication. People in chronic pain often tell us they are looking for new and more effective treatments, and are tired of being perceived as addicts.
If you have a story idea, question or comment, feel free to send us an email at editor@PainNewsNetwork.org.