Pediatric Pain Event Coming

Pediatric Pain Event Coming

An important and under reported and under researched area is pediatric pain. Research continues to demonstrate evolving trends in the measurement and effective treatment of pain in children and that there are long-lasting effects of inadequate pain control during childhood.

The U.S. Pain Foundation—the largest pain advocacy group in the country—has opened registration for its “Pediatric Pain Warrior Retreat in San Antonio, Texas on May 24th through the 26th.

“Our goal is to bring young people living with pain and their families together, to educate them, and help them connect to other pain warriors and their families,” says Director of Pediatric Pain Warrior Program, Casey Cashman. Cashman continues saying, “Morgan’s Wonderland provides the perfect opportunity to our pain warriors to enjoy their weekend without the barriers they normally face.”

The weekend will kick off with a welcome dinner on Friday night. Saturday will consist of our Take Control of Your Pain educational day and Sunday will wrap the weekend up with a fun filled day at Morgan’s Wonderland. To learn more about Morgan’s Wonderland, click here.

Attendance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis of registration. The retreat includes lodging for three nights, food, and entrance to Morgan’s Wonderland. U.S. Pain Foundation will cover hotel expense, meals and theme park tickets for the weekend’s festivities. There will also be a limited amount of travel expense scholarships available for those that qualify.

To register, click here.

If you want to learn more about chronic pain, let us suggest The Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine. It was created several years ago, conceived by key leaders of acute and chronic pediatric pain medicine programs, who believed there was a need for a new society because of rapid advancement of highly specialized knowledge in the field, a great increase in the numbers of patients, and strong desire for collaboration and advocacy for infants, children, and adolescents with painful conditions.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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I totally agree with you, Kelly. Having been through this myself as a child and then, watching my son and especially my daughter go through this has been horrific. I am a retired RN and I want to share a story another nurse told me about a doctor who refused to give his patients who had heart attacks anything but Tylenol and these patients were in the CCU. She would call him and tell him his patient was in agony and he would only give Tylenol. Morphine is usually given for pain in these patients. That continued until he had a heart attack himself. He told this same nurse that he was in pain and Tylenol did not help. Well, she made him say why he needed ,oh no, a narcotic! She did give him the Morphine. She said he learned his lesson the hard way and started giving his patients the Morphine they needed. Here is my question. Why do some of these doctors have to experience the pain, themselves, first? Where is their empathy? I just do not understand how doctors can be so cruel. I have a friend in Wisconsin who is in alot of pain and she cannot get anything for pain. This woman has seizures due to the extreme pain. She had one in front of her doctor. This amazes and ticks me off, but there is nothing I can do to help my friend. I feel so bad for her. Well, that is all for now. We have to keep working on this opioid fear doctors seem to have. It is not the drugs themselves that are killing addicts. It is the abuse of these drugs. Restricting narcotics to chronic pain patients is not an answer. Yes, it is abuse.


Seems to be too late, the damage is done.

I agree with you Kelly. I have had abdominal pain since my earliest memories. It continues today. I remember as a kid not being able to do anything about my pain and now as an adult I still can`t do anything about it. It is so hard sometimes even though I am a christian. With this last round with my FORMER ( I fired him , just could not take any more of the abuse) pain doctor and a failed abdominal neurectomy I do not have much hope for any help for my pain. I have no treatment at all now, nothing. Have been getting more and more blood pressures with both numbers in the triple digits. My chest hurts a lot and I feel like I am going to have a heart attack someday. I see they have a story that states” Mindfulness Study for Chronic Pain Shows Promising Results”. I do not nor am I interested in a mindfulness program. During my neurectomy surgery as I was going to sleep I heard the anesthesiologist tell his assistant ” chronic pain patients can take more pain than we can. She ( meaning me) lives with a high level of pain.” I had told him pre-op that I do not do good without treatment. My surgeon had written a not about me and said I have an unrealistic point of view of my pain and pain med usage. I wish they would listen to us instead of the “mindfulness” studies again. So sick of the crap and just wonder where their” mind” is.

When I discuss abortion with women of childbearing age, a pattern I find is that few women think of an abortion as a desirable thing. The fear that drives women to vote for the most extreme forms of abortion-on-demand, is the worry that a doctor might make a bad judgment about the safety of her carrying a baby to term, and she might die of this medical malpractice. Especially women who already have children depending on them, take this view.

The fact that a minority of women do not have this worry at all, suggests that some of us feel we can trust our doctors, and others do not feel that trust.

From where does this deep seated difference arise?

Could it be that as children, some of us express pain and are taken seriously, but others are not?

Do we program our children to live a life of fear and mistrust, by watching them suffer pain while doing nothing about it?

Does fear that empathy will vanish, disable millions of people because they experienced it as children?

In dealing with other adults, it is important to listen thoroughly to what they need to say. Working through a difference of opinion on any issue is a useful learning experience. If I shot my mouth off about the abortion issue instead of listening to what my friends actually were trying to tell me, I would have remained an ignorant man.

Applying the same lesson to pain and addiction complaints is straightforward. Asking and listening is educational. Commanding people what to feel, makes one annoying and keeps one ignorant.

Louis Ogden

Kelly is right. I am currently 69 years old but my pain started about age 5. No one listened to me. I was 60 years old b4 I obtained relief using high-dose opioid therapy. That therapy lasted for 8 wonderful years but is now long gone and the pain is excruciating.

“there are long-lasting effects of inadequate pain control during childhood.”

No kidding. I’d imagine it has similar effects to childhood abuse…which is exactly what it is. As a survivor of childhood abuse, I hope every single perpetrator of denying pain care to children (& adults) contracts agonizing, permanent conditions very soon & is refused any treatment whatsoever. Let them learn what they’re doing to others first hand.

This Age of Institutionalized Sadism has GOT TO STOP.