We invite you to our chronic pain support group
- Meeting time: Wednesdays at 5:00PM
- Where: Our Scottsdale Office, 9787 N. 91st St, Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
- Have questions? To learn more, contact Arizona Pain and our team can answer any questions
One of the most challenging aspects of managing chronic pain is isolation. A chronic pain support group can be a wonderful way to meet people who know exactly what you’re going through.
Every Wednesday evening at 5 PM, Arizona Pain’s support group, led by Larry Lynch, welcomes all those who struggle with chronic pain.
“Our group is extremely diverse. We see a range of ages and pain conditions,” Lynch says. “The one thing everyone does have in common, however, is that everyone is struggling with pain.”
The group meets in the lobby of the Scottsdale Arizona Pain clinic for approximately an hour and a half. Special events in the past have included a potluck and cookie exchange. If the Wednesday meeting time is impossible for you but you are interested in joining the support group, please contact Mr. Lynch to let him know.
Larry Lynch has over 20 years of experience working with patients in both hospital and community settings and has been a licensed clinical social worker for 25 years. His approach to helping people in pain includes cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and relaxation training. Mr. Lynch also has extensive training in issues surrounding addiction and substance abuse.
Benefits of joining our support group
The group focuses on psycho-educational support, with topics that span exercise, diet and nutrition, stress management, and support for others in the group. Although the structure of the meetings remains consistent, the group is different each time. Some people can’t make it every week, and new members join weekly.
“I would definitely encourage you to come a few times before you decide if the group is not for you,” Lynch says. “You may come the first week and feel like you didn’t connect on a personal level with anyone there. But if you come the next week, there may be someone there who knows exactly what you’re going through that wasn’t able to make it the first week you attended.”
Meetings feature discussions, time for group problem-solving, sharing of successes and challenges, and practical tips for managing chronic pain. Support from the meeting often extends beyond Wednesday evenings.
“The members make connections at the support group meetings, and then they call each other during the week and stay connected,” Lynch observes. “By staying connected and accountable to one another, I have seen people improve quite a bit. There are some members that are highly educated about their condition, and they are invaluable to other members who may not be as experienced with that particular condition. With empowerment and education, I see people suffering through less pain. People join the group because of a problem. But people stay for the relationships they have gained.”
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Mr. Lynch also advocates coming to the group even if you’re not feeling particularly up to it that week.
“We ask those in pain to do exactly what they feel makes their condition worse,” Lynch explains. “If you have a chronic pain condition, it’s hard to go about daily activities, much less add an extra activity in the evening. But by being socially and physically active, your pain condition will in fact improve with time.”
Those feeling depressed should make every effort come to the meetings. Social support from others who are going through a similar experience improves your mood and outlook. Because Mr. Lynch strives to keep the group focused on the good, support group meetings are more than just commiseration sessions in which the members do nothing but discuss the bad parts of their condition. Although there are discussions of bad days or hard times, the goal is to really focus on problem-solving and positive changes in thinking.
Still, on those days when pain levels make leaving the house impossible, Arizona Pain has online support options for you. Check in with our online Facebook support group to find encouragement, support, and practical tips for living with chronic pain from the comfort of your own home.
Chronic pain support groups can be the difference between just slogging through each day and getting your life back. For more ways we can help support you in your pain journey, get in touch with Arizona Pain today or schedule a consultation.