Public asked to support Chronic Pain campaign

CHRONIC Pain Ireland and Pfizer Healthcare Ireland have announced its support for Can You Feel My Pain? - a new Europe-wide campaign which aims to raise awareness of the burden of chronic pain. The far-reaching initiative seeks to give a voice to 13 per cent of the Irish population (400,000) who are living with the debilitating condition.

CHRONIC Pain Ireland and Pfizer Healthcare Ireland have announced its support for Can You Feel My Pain? - a new Europe-wide campaign which aims to raise awareness of the burden of chronic pain. The far-reaching initiative seeks to give a voice to 13 per cent of the Irish population (400,000) who are living with the debilitating condition.

The campaign urges Governments and health systems across the continent to recognise the problem of unresolved pain and for it to be accepted as a genuine health priority. Chronic Pain Ireland is aiming to obtain 5,000 signatures of support for the campaign which will be presented to the Dail alongside a recent hard hitting report (Pain Proposal) into the impact of chronic pain in Ireland. Together, it is hoped that this will promote change to ensure that the right patient receives the right treatment at the right time.

Mr David Gallagher, Managing Director, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland says: “Pfizer is proud to be partnering with Chronic Pain Ireland and Arthritis Ireland on the Can You Feel My Pain? campaign and to be part of the call for greater recognition and acceptance of the rights of people living with, and affected by chronic pain.”

The impact of chronic pain is widespread. According to the Irish Pain Proposal report, more than fifty percent of chronic pain sufferers felt their chronic pain impacted directly on their employment status and 31% worry about losing their jobs.

To show your suppot for people living in chronic pain and to sign up for change, please visit our website www.chronicpain.ie