I was given the opportunity to return to the Mayo Clinic (in Rochester, MN) and attend a program at the Mayo Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center (PPRC). Although my chronic stomach pain & nausea were no longer an issue, we decided that I should attend the program due to my on-going fatigue, exercise intolerance (with “crashes”), & symptoms around poor blood circulation (dizziness, heat intolerance, face pallor, blood pooling in legs, etc.). I started with the program on January 6, 2016.
The PPRC is an intensive 3.5-week outpatient program that provides multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapy to adolescents with chronic pain, symptoms, or disease. This program also provides therapy to the families. Mayo’s Pain Rehab Center was among the first pain rehab programs and has been providing rehabilitative services to patients with persistent pain or symptoms since 1974. It is now one of the largest pain rehab programs in the nation.
The primary goal of the PPRC is “functional restoration”. For adolescents experiencing chronic pain or symptoms, this means improving the quality of their lives and facilitating a return to all regular daily activities.
Important goals for participation in the PPRC include:
–return to regular daily activities
–return to school
–increase physical strength, stamina, & flexibility
–reduce use of pain medications & discontinue analgesics
–minimize pain behaviors
–learn stress management techniques
–resume leisure & recreational activities
–improve interpersonal relationships
–reduce reliance on health-care professionals, with improved ability to self-manage chronic pain
As a side note, the Mayo Family also started the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center (PPRC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, for children whose pain is sufficiently disabling and beyond the scope of Boston Children’s in-house Chronic Pain Clinic. http://www.childrenshospital.org/centers-and-services/pediatric-pain-rehabiliation-center-program