Intractable Pain - What is it?
It’s a pain disorder, a disease on its own that MUST be treated separately from chronic pain.
The reason being is it fails to respond to treatments and therapies used on chronic pain patients. Intractable pain is constant, incurable, uncontrollable, unmanageable, excruciating, unrelenting pain. These patients are at risk of heart attack and stroke as their blood pressure and heart rate become dangerously elevated due to the high levels of pain. Their pain is of such severity that it dominates nearly every conscious moment, produces debilitating physical and mental symptoms. Without specific medical management these patients will be predominantly bed and house bound. They suffer from depression, attention deficit, confusion and suicidal tendencies.
Intractable Pain is caused by a variety of medical conditions including, but not limited to the following: Arachnoiditis, Neuropathies, Degenerative Disc Disease (post surgery and non operable) Fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Systematic Lupus Erythematous, Abdominal Adhesions, Migraine Vascular Headache, Headache (post trauma), osteoporosis...
140 billion Australia spent on Chronic Pain in 2018 however, it DOES NOT recognise Intractable Pain. America past laws many many years ago for Intractable Pain Patients. Australia needs to do the same. I am seeking the answer to this from our government and pain organisations. If you agree please help by signing the attached petition to help Intractable Pain to be identified and treated. Your support means the world to them.