Berlin / Witten - 350,000 children and young people in Germany currently live with chronic pain. The draws attention to this on tomorrow's day of action against pain. As result, many of them no longer go to school, withdraw and become depressed. However, early therapy can prevent pain from becoming chronic and thus create the conditions for education and the future.
"Because only when the pain is under control, those affected can regularly go to school again," says Boris Zernikow, chief physician in Datteln. Otherwise, the pain could persist into adulthood. Despite the urgency of the problem, the supply situation for those affected in Germany is inadequate, said Zernikow.
The feedback from former patients at the children's pain station "Leuchtturm" shows that doctors can help those affected. On the occasion of the day of action, the German Children's Pain Center wants to put more than 60 collected patient stories online on its homepage. "With the stories we want to motivate other children and young people with chronic pain to do something about their pain," says Zernikow.