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Supported by U.S. Pain Foundation. Powered by the chronic pain community.

Quick Facts About Pain:


  • Affects nearly 100 million Americans
  • 1 in 3 people live with pain (not including children with pain)
  • Pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year
  • There are more Americans living with pain than those affected by cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined
  • Pain is subjective and varies from person to person
  • Assessing and treating chronic pain can be a difficult and time consuming process
  • Chronic pain is underfunded, misunderstood and undertreated
  • Chronic pain persists, whereas acute pain is temporary
  • Living with chronic pain can lead to feelings of isolation
  • Pain is recognized as an invisible illness
  • Each person’s pain journey is unique

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What is Pain Awareness Month?

In 2001, a coalition of groups and organizations established September as the official month for the chronic pain community to receive national recognition
. Organizations across the country come together during  the month of September with the combined goal of bringing awareness and highlighting how pain affects individuals, families, communities, and the nation. These awareness goals include educating caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the community about available treatments – ranging from alternative to mainstream – that may complement existing care for a more holistic approach to pain management.

The U.S. Pain Foundation encourages volunteers to get involved in PAM through organized activities tailored to fit the different needs and abilities of pain warriors. Throughout the entire month of September, volunteers for U.S. Pain work in conjunction with other organizations to empower and unify the chronic pain community by spreading awareness through events, virtual campaigns, visual awareness initiatives, social media, and other PAM activities.

Ready to get involved? Complete the PAM form now!


Pain awareness initiatives exist beyond September!

U.S. Pain provides activities for volunteers year-round. Learn more about the Ambassador program and the current opportunities available at

Current Ambassadors, remember to keep U.S. Pain apprised of your awareness efforts by sharing your activities year round through the Ambassador Activities form. This allows U.S. Pain to not only track your involvement, but it also allows you to receive recognition for your accomplishments.

Show support by changing your profile pic!

Show your support for the over 100 million Americans living with the complex and invisible disease known as chronic pain. A free graphic program will allow you to select a portrait of you and will automatically overlay a special PAM 2018 template – COMING SOON. When you change your pic, use the hashtags: #USPainPAM18 #PAM18 #PainAwarenessMonth #USPain.

Together, we can make the invisible, visible!



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US PAIN royal blueU.S. Pain Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who live with chronic pain conditions and their care providers. Through a grassroots approach in the area of education, awareness, empowerment and advocacy, U.S. Pain joined in the movement to ensure September is nationally recognized as Pain Awareness Month (PAM).

With the creation of its PAM campaign to fall in line with the organization’s mission, U.S. Pain has been leading the effort when it comes to increased awareness for the over 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. PAM mirrors the organization’s mission to educate, connect, inform and empower the pain patient validates the person living with a rare, complex and/or incurable pain condition.

Through U.S. Pain Foundation’s PAM campaign, pain warriors can participate in a safe, nonjudgmental environment while being offered support, hope, community, and strength.

March 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Rare Disease Day at NIH
  • Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill
  • Afternoon Pain Connection Chronic Pain Support Group Call
  • APS Scientific Summit Meeting
  • APS Scientific Summit Meeting
  • #CreakyChats to feature U.S. Pain Foundation
  • APS Scientific Summit Meeting
  • Tucson Support Group
  • Canton, MI Support Group
  • Evening Pain Connection Live Conference Calls
  • Allentown, PA Support Group
  • Arlington, MA Support Group Meeting
  • ReelAbilities New York-Disabilities Film Festival
  • ReelAbilities New York-Disabilities Film Festival
  • ReelAbilities New York-Disabilities Film Festival
  • The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) Pain Connection Support Group
  • Concord, NH U.S Pain Support Group
  • ReelAbilities New York-Disabilities Film Festival
  • Concord, NH Support Group
  • ReelAbilities New York-Disabilities Film Festival
  • Ventura County CRPS and Chronic Pain Support Group
  • Bimonthly Volunteer Webinar
  • Middlesex County Support Group in CT
  • Miles for Migraine - PHL
  • Treating the Whole Person-Optimizing Wellness Event
  • Event - Treating the Whole Person: Optimizing Wellness
  • New Saturday Pain Connection Live Call