This section of the website is dedicated to patients, their family members and their friends. We hope to provide an area that is informative and interesting. It is difficult for physicians to understand chronic pain and our hope is that we can share what understanding we have gained with the people most affected by this condition. Many of the principles described here may be difficult to grasp and we encourage you to discuss them with your own physicians. We have opened this up to the public and will use this aspect of the site to link patients with advocacy groups, pain research, clinical advances and issues regarding living with chronic pain on a day to day basis.