Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo Attracts Hundreds

Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo Attracts Hundreds

By Ed Coghlan

600 people have registered for the 3rd Annual Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo in Northbrook, Illinois this Saturday (August 13th). The registration is double last year’s event.

Gracie Bagosy-Young

Gracie Bagosy-Young

It’s the brainchild of Gracie Bagosy-Young, a chronic pain patient advocate who is a frequent contributor to the National Pain Report.

“I conceived the Expo so that patients can see and experience a multitude of treatment options,” she told the National Pain Report recently. “They will hear about more options at the Expo than they might in their own doctor’s offices. In addition, the Expo is an excellent opportunity for pain patients to meet in person and share their experiences.”

The event is free and open to the public. It will also be live streamed on the internet. (You can register to attend on the web here.)

The event, which is co-sponsored by the US Pain Foundation, has attracted a number of interesting medical providers who will share their expertise.

“We’ve put an outstanding agenda together with many great guest speakers,” she said. “There seems to be particular interest in the medical marijuana issue.”

Liz Elliott & Michael Richards of PharmaCannis will discuss medical marijuana which has now been approved in half the states and is on the ballot in Florida this November.

In addition to the PharmaCannis presentation, other guest speakers include:

  • Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. is a health therapist at Rago and Associates who is well known in the chronic pain community who will discuss how to communicate with pain patients at the Expo.
  • Jay Joshi of National Pain Centers is a nationally known pain physician. He is a key opinion leader nationally and has been critical of the national news coverage of the opioid controversy. He believes that the way pain is treated needs to be vastly improved.
  • Marco De La Cruz of Whole Health Wellness will speak about the important of nutrition, how to identify food allergies and the importance of hormone restoration in the treatment of pain.
  • Adam Young of the RUSH University Pain Center will speak on spinal cord stimulation and other techniques he and his partners use to battle chronic pain.

Plans are already underway for the 4th annual event in August, 2017.

“We are providing a great educational service for pain sufferers, providers and others,” Bagosy-Young added.

The turnout would indicate she’s right.

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Jean Price

Has anyone attended these and can you tell me how it helped. I’m curious as to the benefits so I can see if it’s something I would spend the pain effort on getting to!! Thanks!


I tried tried SCS, The pain was Unbearable. OMG CRIED All Night, took out next day. Took a week for that pain to lower. RSD 14 yrs Full Body 10 yrs, Same Amount Opioids 10yrs Now I’m to Lower It. Cannot Function at all now. Because Drug Addicts OVerdose those of us who NEED Opioids to function pay for Drug Addicts deaths..RSD one of the Worst Can happen to a person

Tim Mason

Neurostimulation Market is expected to be worth 13.6 billion by 2023. You can imagine that any pm doctor will try and increase his net worth by selling these aggressively. It is the modern day “snake oil”. Buyer beware
To date, the spinal stimulators alone have 24,376 total device problems from the top 6 makers of said devices. Of these complaints, 6,338 of the devices were reported to “operate differently than expected.(www.accessdata.fda.gov) Three (3) of the top suppliers had Class II recalls.
The patient exposes himself or herself to many serious complications if the permanent device in implanted. The removal is called explanted. There are stories of people saying the happiest day of their life is the day the device was explanted.
Every time I go to my pain management visit the nurse asks if I have looked over the Stimulator information packet and CD. Then, the PA comes in and asks the same question.
I do have a spinal pathology and my pain is managed with two opioids. I have had 15 weeks of physical therapy, facet injections, and transformational steroid injections. My neurosurgeon strongly advises NOT to get one of these.
There is not enough information given in one of the brochures to make an informed consent. Look for the fine print on the back of the cover. You may need a magnifying glass to read the information.
Do your homework before making a decision.