There is tremendous benefit to joining a chronic pain support group online. Access: Anyone with an internet connection or smartphone can access people who understand what’s going on at any time of day. This can be invaluable especially for people who live in rural areas that are underserved in terms of face-to-face chronic pain support groups. Anonymity: Some chronic pain patients prefer to keep their struggle private. In a small town, this can be difficult if there is one face-to-face group that everyone knows about. Chronic pain support groups online allow patients to maintain privacy while discussing intimate details of their pain and treatment plans.