Chronic pain support group meets in Rogers City

A new Chronic Pain Support Group meets today at 6:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church on M-68 Highway in Rogers City. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month, led by Lee Bingle, certified family life education, and Dianne Darga, licensed professional counselor, retired. No pre-registration or cost is involved.

One in five people experience moderate-to-severe chronic pain. In the U.S., chronic pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Some health concerns that cause chronic pain are back or neck issues, arthritis, injury-related complications, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, depression, migraines, and restless leg syndrome.

Often, the patient may not have visible indicators, yet they struggle with day-to-day functioning and require caregivers or assistance from friends and family members.

Because the effects can be far-reaching, friends and family members of the patient are encouraged to attend the support group so they may come to better understand what is happening to their loved one.

The primary focus of a chronic pain support group is to share pain management techniques such as relaxation, pacing, and exercises that could contribute to pain reduction and improve quality of life.

Because medical conditions and the human body are so diverse, what helps one person may not be helpful for another. Consequently, the more exposure the patient and his loved one has to these various options, the more likely he or she will discover a treatment approach to balance the risks and rewards in each unique situation.

From time to time, healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals will make presentations to add an educational value to attendance. Check your newspaper’s Community Calendar for an announcement of guest speakers.

If you have any questions, contact Bingle at 989-734-3682 or Darga at 989-734-4721.