While much attention of the nation’s pain community is deservedly focused on Washington D.C., each state essentially has its own pain policy.
That’s why the U.S. Pain Foundation representatives will be in the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday July 10th—to help create awareness around the issue of chronic pain—especially migraine.
They call it The Invisible Project—which is the name of their print magazine and traveling display that highlights the stories of real people with pain.
A similar event was held in Rhode Island.
“By highlighting the stories of people with pain in state capitols, we’re hoping to help educate policymakers on the challenges patients face and create positive change,” said Nicole Hemmenway, Interim CEO of the US Pain Foundation.
Pain patients and their families are urged to connect with legislators and fellow pain warriors. The event will feature an educational briefing and networking opportunity from 10 until 11 am. State legislators, who have been invited by constituents in pain, are expected to attend.
Hemmenway said that the organization has been stressing direct service programs and ensuring that the voices of people in pain are heard and what they say matter.
“We need every source of advocacy at the state and federal level,” she said.
Migraines impact an estimated 38-million Americans.
The Mayo Clinic points out several factors make you more prone to having migraines, including:
- Family history. If you have a family member with migraines, then you have a good chance of developing them too.
- Migraines can begin at any age, though the first often occurs during adolescence. Migraines tend to peak during your 30s, and gradually become less severe and less frequent in the following decades.
- Women are three times more likely to have migraines.
- Hormonal changes. For women who have migraines, headaches might begin just before or shortly after onset of menstruation. They might also change during pregnancy or menopause. Migraines generally improve after menopause.