Pain Awareness Month 2015 – Feature 5 – Sheila Purcell – United Kentucky Pain Care Action Network

Sheila Purcell


Sheila Purcell isn’t your average pain patient. She’s actively involved in reforming laws and regulations that directly impact’s the quality of life of those suffering from chronic, long term, intractable pain. Sheila endures pain everyday herself, the life threatening seizures leave her worn, yet she’s a fighter, a strong one.

As an advocate and spokesperson supporting medication management options, including opioid analgesics, she stresses how important that it is that these prescription pain relievers should not be withheld as an initial treatment plan or be removed from the course of treatment for patients who are already using them.

Sheila recognizes that controlled substances are needed to treat certain conditions and that removing them as options for treatment causes hardships that are sometimes irreversible. She’s dealt with denials, delays and dismissal’s herself and knows first hand the demise of quality of life. There is more risk in under treated pain and the direct or unintended consequences than there is in the stable regimen of prescribed pain management.



Sheila was featured on The Pain Nation show with Ken McKim – Episode 1



She’s the Founder of the United Kentucky Pain Care Action Network (UKPCAN) (Closed Group)

United Pain Care Action Network of Kentucky and Tennessee (Community)

The mission:

“Kentucky Pain Care Action Network” is a network of people living with Chronic Intractable Pain, their caregivers and others who share the belief that people suffering with Chronic Pain, Cancer, Mental Illness or any other disease have the right to timely, appropriate and effective Pain Care Management and Medical Treatment.

“Kentucky has a major problem that needs to be addressed and we want to help change the negative stigma around to positive for those in pain.”

We educate people and teach them that suffering from pain is not acceptable!

We do this though active advocacy, education, letter writing campaigns to State and Local Representatives and Senators. E-mails, faxes, telephone calls to our elected officials. We comment on “our” elected officials Facebook pages, we write letters to the Editor of our newspapers, we comment on articles posted in the group. We take action and by doing so, we make our efforts known.

Therefore it is very important that each group member take an active role in these actions. It only takes a few minutes a day to make a comment or write a letter. Many members set aside 30 minutes of one day to do this. WE MUST DO THIS TO MAKE OUR CAUSE KNOWN!

We are a Open Group. All info in this group is private and CANNOT be used for any purpose other than what each member give’s permission for us to use it for. This includes your Name, City, and County in which you live Medical Conditions, and any treatments you are receiving or have received.

The more people that are involved the quicker we can make progress on bringing it to the attention of Kentucky’s law makers and make them understand that HB- 1 & HB- 217 needs to be re- written to protect the THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SUFFERING as a result of these bills

They also need to be aware that this has hurt “TOURISM” and will continue to do so as NO one wants to vacation in a state were Medical Care is NOT something they would receive if they or a family member becomes ill or has an accident of any kind requiring, surgery or pain care.

Let’s get busy fellow Kentuckians and show the lawmakers we will not rest until HB-1 and HB-217 are repealed!

“Kentucky Pain Care Action Network”


Opposition to Kentucky HB 1-Reform HB 217 aka “Pill Mill Bill”

Opposition to Kentucky HB 1-Reform HB 217 aka “Pill Mill Bill” (Community)

Chronic pain patients that are trying to get Pill Mill Bill’s reformed ln EVERY STATE not just Kentucky! Please join the fight and cause. Thank you!

This page is dedicated to raising awareness for chronic pain patients, children with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), Cancer patients, HIV/AIDS patients, patients suffering from certain mental disorders, patients requiring Testosterone, and their families affected by the changing environment of the medical community whereby those in need of controlled substances are refused treatment or made to endure many hardships, unnecessary for their care, as a direct result of laws enacted by the state of Kentucky.

Through any peaceful means necessary, we seek to contact State and Community leaders, The American Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Vendors, the DEA, the FDA and local/national media sources.


Mission and information statements by Sheila Purcell.


Sheila is a Delegate for the Power of Pain Foundation, active in various groups and organizations throughout the States, and she continues to work on much-needed change for the thousands of people suffering from pain and the inadequate treatments they are receiving.

If you need a voice for Kentucky and Tennessee pain care rights, Sheila isn’t shy. Her vast knowledge is your benefit. Her leadership is your tool.  The information she provides is your education. Her strength is your willingness to take part in your own health challenges and I hope all of you get the proper and timely care you need to survive.


Sheila can be contacted at:

4 thoughts on “Pain Awareness Month 2015 – Feature 5 – Sheila Purcell – United Kentucky Pain Care Action Network

  1. Spreading the word! This will affect someone you love or even you. If you have compassion in your heart please realize that people are suffering! Might not be you, but it could be! Kentucky has a problem that is only getting worse! Thank you Sheila Purcell for everything you do!

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