A new Discovery Channel documentary, 'Pain Matters,' chronicles the challenges of everyday people living with chronic pain.
At least 100 million Americans have chronic pain, which affects more people than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. The new documentary showcases the physically draining and emotionally isolating situations of people in significant pain, and delves into the roles of the family members and caretakers whose lives are also drastically altered by a loved one’s chronic pain diagnosis.
The documentary tries to help the viewers understand chronic pain and how it can be treated.
The documentary is about patients living with chronic pain, and it chronicles not only their lives but the lives of their family members. The family members are often the people whom the patients rely on, and they feel that they burden them. Patients who suffer in chronic pain have difficulty maintaining relationships, and that can take a real toll on them emotionally. Caregivers struggle – they have their own issues.
However, it’s definitely a positive film with a message of hope. There are many patients that are afraid to get help for a variety of reasons – they don’t want to be a burden. They’re afraid to become addicted to medications. The film encourages patients to be proactive in their care.
'Pain Matters' will air on the Discovery Channel on December 7 and December 14 at 8 a.m.