2 posts tagged “patients in pain”

Connect about pain: The new Chronic Pain forum is live on PatientsLikeMe

Posted 3 months ago by

Our members have been asking us for years for a place to discuss chronic pain on PatientsLikeMe. We heard you.

The new Chronic Pain forum is here, and it’s a place for members with any health condition(s) to connect on the topic of pain – from your treatment experiences to day-to-day living with recurring or long-lasting pain.

Here’s a little background about why we’ve created this new forum:

  • Pain is common among patients, and it’s one of the “core symptoms” that PatientsLikeMe asks members about.
  • In looking at how pain affects members of the PatientsLikeMe community, more than half of all patients who’ve reported the severity of their pain have rated it as “moderate or severe” (learn more about members’ experiences with pain here).
  • In the U.S., an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2 percent) experience chronic pain, according to a 2015 National Institutes of Health report (which defines chronic pain as “pain every day for the preceding 3 months”).

Looking to discuss your experiences with chronic pain? Join PatientsLikeMe today.

Already a PatientsLikeMe member? If you login and the Chronic Pain forum doesn’t already appear in your forums dropdown menu and you’d like to join the community, head to the “Manage my forums” page, scroll down to “Other forums,” find “Chronic Pain” and click the “Join” button.

We hope you’ll join the conversation!

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PatientsLikeMe Acquires Online Pain Management Company, ReliefInsite

Posted February 16th, 2010 by

Today’s news release announcing acquisition of ReliefInsite.  Want to receive future announcements?  Sign up for our RSS feed on the press page.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PATIENTSLIKEME ACQUIRES ONLINE PAIN MANAGEMENT COMPANY, RELIEFINSITE
20,000 Patients Reporting Moderate to Severe Pain on PatientsLikeMe

Cambridge, MA and New York City, NY – February 16, 2010 – Today, PatientsLikeMe, the leading online community for patients with life-changing diseases, announces the acquisition of ReliefInsite, a pioneering online pain management company.

“Right now, there are more than 20,000 patients on PatientsLikeMe experiencing real pain,” says Ben Heywood, President and Co-founder of PatientsLikeMe.  “By acquiring ReliefInsite, we can improve the way we help patients effectively manage their pain.”

Conceived by founder Fred Eberlein in 2000, ReliefInsite’s patented online pain management technology developed into a secure HIPAA-compliant platform designed to help patients monitor their pain levels and share that information directly with their doctors.

“I’ve spent more than a decade inventing and advancing the technology platform at ReliefInsite to help patients manage their pain and improve the patient-doctor relationship,” says Eberlein.  “I’m excited this work has led me to my new home at PatientsLikeMe, where we can work together to better align industry’s interests with improving patients’ quality of life.”

ReliefInsite will continue to support its existing pharmaceutical and clinical clients as its functionality is integrated into the PatientsLikeMe platform. Eberlein joins the PatientsLikeMe team to lead the companies’ integration and enhance product offerings for partners in the life sciences industry.

picture-1Pain is a common symptom for people with all of the diseases on PatientsLikeMe, and is most prevalent in diseases like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. In the depression community, thousands of patients report they are currently experiencing “back pain” or “stomach pain,” with 50% of those members describing their pain as moderate or severe. Across all of the disease communities, pain is a topic of discussion in more than 61,000 forum posts. Additionally, patients are using hundreds of treatment options to manage their pain from prescription medications, such as Cymbalta and Lyrica, to alternative solutions like acupuncture, massage and physical therapy.

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