Pain Week 2009

LasVegasOn September 9th -12th, 2009, Las Vegas is being taken over by people who bet on something other than just a game of cards or a roll of the dice; this group makes intelligent bets on the understanding of pain as a public health issue. During this upcoming week in September, groups of health care professionals gather to discuss and learn how they can understand, treat, and improve the lives of those of us who live in pain at the PAIN Week ‘09, “the national conference on pain for frontline practitioners.”

This conference, believe it or not, is the ONLY national forum that is around to handle all the educational needs of the professional health care community. Everyone from physicians, pharmacists, to psychologists, and nurses are in attendance to discuss the complexities surrounding a pain patient’s life.

I’m sure with everything in news today, they will have tons to talk about at the conference! From issues about health care reform to the FDA black box labeling of Acetaminophen (Tylenol), political issues will be bouncing off the walls. The soaring costs of prescription pain medications limits people from getting their pain fully treated, especially in this economy. Hey, just by the simple fact that over the past decade alone, outpatient spending on prescription painkillers more than tripled, rising from $13.2B in 2006 from $4.2 B in 1996, (via) makes me want to stash all my pain killers for a rainy day pain attack. Add that to the economy collapsing, and the FDA coming down harsher on painkillers, the pain management doctors and patients certainly have their work cut out for them with medications alone.

Besides political barriers, the educational forum’s aim is to determine effective treatment protocols among current and emerging therapies. Pain is just one of those things, like a hair cut, that is different for everyone; what might work great for one person, is horrible for another. I simply loathe the fact that when someone finds out that I have chronic pain, and then proceed to give me an hour lecture on how to “heal thyself”. Most of us who live with a chronic ailment, know what works for us and what does not. The learning comes into play when new therapies are developed. Hence, the reason behind PAIN Week, for health professionals, the ones treating those living in pain, to understand, discuss, and evaluate new ways to care for us.

For more information, please see PAIN Week’s site


About Amy Higgins
Social mediaholic. Incurable content creator. Hardcore bacon nerd. Opera aficionado. Presently @TopRank Marketing Formerly @Zendesk @Concur @GoogleLocalSF

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