An event scheduled near Chicago later this summer is designed to educate and empower chronic pain patients - and it’s free for patients.
The Midwest Pain Summit will review the latest in neuropathic pain treatment and education. It is sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation, an increasingly influential patient advocate non-profit organization.
“It’s one of the events that we promote around the country each year for the benefit of people who suffer from pain and their loved ones,” said Barby Ingle who serves as the foundation’s president.
This is the second year that the Midwest event has been held.
“Living in the Midwest, I’ve been frustrated in the past that more events like this weren’t held in the middle of the country,” said Gracie Gean Bagosy-Young, a pain patient advocate and consultant who also serves on the executive council for Power of Pain.
“As a chronic pain patient I know the most important thing is having information that can help guide the care and treatment of an individual’s pain,” she said. “This event is designed to provide patients access to the latest in treatment modalities.”
Both Ingle and Bagosy suffer from chronic pain and have been active in empowering patients. Ingle, in addition to co-founding the foundation with her late sister, is a well-regarded author and commentator on chronic pain. Bagosy-Young , who the director of the event, is a patient advocate who has utilized social media to develop communities that address a myriad of issues facing chronic pain patients including, treatment modalities, and provider and insurance issues among other things. She also is a columnist for the National Pain Report. .
The Midwest Pain Summit will be held August 15th at the Hilton in Northbrook, Illinois (which is near Chicago).
“While Midwesterners are urged to attend,” Bagosy-Young said,” we expect to see people from around the country attend the event again this year.”
In addition, it will be streamed live over the internet. Last year, people from as far away as Australia participated via the web.
Chronic Pain affects more than 100 million Americans.
According to the National Institutes of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs.
For more information on how to register for the August 15th event, click here.
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