By Ed Coghlan
When US Pain Foundation Founder and CEO Paul Gileno called on the chronic pain community to get organized, some of the reader reaction on the National Pain Report was “how do we do that?”
On Sunday (April 3) in Westchester County, New York chronic pain patients are going to learn how.
The New York Pain Society is holding a free event (in connection with US Pain Foundation) called “Take Control of Your Pain”. The event, which will be live streamed world wide, will inform pain patients how to become better educated regarding treatments and how to utilize their voices with advocacy effort locally and nationally.
“This is another in a series of free events designed to both educate and inspire chronic pain sufferers and their loved ones,” said Gracie Gean Bagosy-Young, one of the organizers of the event. “We will hear from doctors and patients. It promises to be a good event with very strong attendance.”
Topics include alternative therapies, meditation, medical marijuana and interventional therapies that are available.
Here’s a copy of the agenda for the patient education event, which will be held at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in West Harrison, New York (north of New York City), beginning at 10 am EDT.
“Getting involved takes work, but it’s very much worth it,” said Bagosy-Young, who suffers from CRPS and is a well-known advocate for chronic patients. “
Chronic Pain is a major health problem in the United States. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 100 million adult Americans have chronic pain conditions, not including acute or pediatric pain. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain costs society at least $560-$635 annually, equal to $2,000 for everyone living in the U.S. The total incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges between $261-$300 billion and $297-$336 billion due to lost productivity.