Power of Pain Gets Ready for September: Pain Awareness Month

POPFNationalPainAwarenessMonthPain Awareness Month is right around the corner.  September is always a busy time for most of us.  These are just a few of the Power of Pain Foundation’s events and activities during that time. Please feel welcome to join in on the events you are able to. We have other’s we are involved with from State to State. We look forward to all that you are doing for the mutual cause we share as well as the hope and fight for a cure we all work so hard for when raising awareness. If you have an event you would like me to share, please feel free to contact me.

I wish you pain eased days and nights, ~Twinkle V.

September is Pain Awareness Month!

PAINWeek 2013

WHEN:
September 4, 2013 – September 7, 2013

WHERE:
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas
NV
USA

CONTACT:
PAINWeek 973-415-5100
info@painweek.org
Event website: www.painweek.org

EDUCATION
Lyme MS Neuropathy Pain RSD
Audience: physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists

The PAINWeek 2014 Schedule at a Glance is now available! Debuting this year will be two new course formats to broaden the educational experience for our attendees:

Frontline Practitioner Focus will delve into the practice challenges that are particular to provider types and practice settings, including hospitalists, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants
Clinical Conundrums will present case-based examinations of assessment and diagnosis, and criteria for specialist referral in the pursuit of better treatment outcomes

info@painweek.org

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Chronic Pain Solutions Webinar Series
Online
CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation

480-882-1342

Please register for Chronic Pain Solutions on Jul 24, 2013 5:00 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7262827706450704128

Dr. Daniel Twogood, D.C., has been practicing chiropractic medicine in Southern California for 30 years. The doctor will describe 10 steps necessary to lower or eliminate chronic pain. This program does not work for everyone, but is noninvasive and we hope that attendees take away a few good pointers from it. This webinar not a cure, it is a tool to help people manage their chronic pain.

Dr. Twogood will discuss that chronic pain is caused by ongoing inflammation which is caused by specific substances in the diet, food additives & medication. He was also on the blogtalk show Living with Hope, sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation in May 2013.

Over 100 million Americans suffer with some form of chronic pain such as back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and arthritis.  His book is easy to read and lists the ten steps necessary to eliminate chronic conditions fibromyalgia, headaches, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and more, based on this doctors findings over all the years he has been practicing medicine.

Where conventional medicine isn’t always effective, Dr. Daniel reports that relief is available by following these 10 steps outlined in his book. Most patients he works with recover well before 90 days.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Power of Pain does not endorse the presenter or their products. This is being offered as a tool that people in pain and their caregivers can listen to, ask questions, and start a discussion.

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POPF’s P.A.I.N. Summit 2013

WHEN:
September 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE:
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Conference Center
9003 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale,AZ 85260
USA
COST:
Free

ONLINE and in PERSON

CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation info@powerofpain.org

The 7th Annual P.A.I.N. Summit hosted by the Power of Pain Foundation provides a great avenue for pain education for providers, patients and their caregivers. This year’s conference consists of an exhibit area and educational sessions that focus on better diagnosis and treatment options for pain patients, chronic pain issues (as a whole), prescription monitoring programs, and Proper Opioid Management. There will be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided to attendees.

The event will be hosted by Brittany Brannon, Miss Arizona USA 2011, model, and RSD patient. The event will also feature two celebrity speakers, Dr. Natalie Stand, MD winner of the Amazing Race, and WWE star and professional wrestler, Raven.

The day will consist of two sessions.
8am – 1:00pm The morning sessions are focused for healthcare providers. This includes all areas of expertise; anesthesiologists, complementary medicine specialists, emergency room, general practitioners, internal medicine, neurologists, nurses, orthopedics, pharmacists, physiatrists, physician assistants, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, surgeons, and therapists. Any clinician who practices, or is interested in practicing, pain management from an integrative perspective, will benefit from the meeting. HCP’s will be introduced to the rapidly expanding field of diagnosis and treatment. This conference will proved attendees a greater awareness and understanding of the need to appropriately identify, diagnose (HCPs only) and treat/seek treatment of common types of pain, including fibromyalgia, painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other chronic pain conditions.
1:30pm – 4:30pm The afternoon sessions will be filled with patients and their family/ caregivers. This portion of the conference will provide attendees a greater awareness and understanding of the need to appropriately identify, and treat/seek treatment of common types of pain.

There is no charge to attend this conference.
Schedule (tentative)
HCP Sessions
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ongoing Registration Breakfast served Hosted by Brittany Brannon
8:15 am – 9:00 am Keynote address: Preventing complications that arise from diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy (pain)
Dr. Natalie Stand, MD, Amazing Race Winner, USC Pain Clinic
9:10 am – 9:55 am An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain Dr. Philip Getson, DO, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
9:55 am – 10:40 am Cultural Competency and the Patient in Pain Dr. Maged Hamza, Virginia Commonwealth University
Pain Clinic Director, Richmond, VA
10:40 am – 11:20 Evidence Based Chronic Pain Care Linda Watkins, PhD, University of Colorado
11:20 am – 12:00 Complementary Medicine and its role in Chronic Pain Management (TBD)
12:00 pm – 1:00 Open Discussion with the Speakers and Attendees Lunch is served, Exhibitors

Patient/ Caregiver Sessions
1:30 pm – 2:30pm An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain Dr. Philip Getson, DO, Drexel University, NJ
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Prescription Drug Monitor program Explained Rob Kronenberg, PharmD
3:15 pm – 4:00pm The Patients Perspective; At Home Pain Coping Skills Raven WWE Wrestler, Barby Ingle Power of Pain
Foundation, and Diane Kennelly AZ Fibromyalgia Group Leader

If you are unable to attend in person, you can attend by watching our UStream Channel
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/power-of-pain-foundation

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AANEM 60th Annual Meeting
WHEN:
September 17, 2013 – September 20, 2013

WHERE:
Montreal
QC
Canada

Event Website- http://www.aanem.org/Home.aspx

American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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American Academy of Pain Management

WHEN:
September 26, 2013 – September 29, 2013

WHERE:
JW Marriott Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando,FL 32837
USA
CONTACT:
209-533-9744

Event Website-

http://www.aapainmanage.org/conference/annual-clinical-meeting/register.html

The American Academy of Pain Management’s 24th Annual Clinical Meeting

Come for the education, the experience, and the pure enjoyment!

Join us at the Academy’s 2013 Annual Meeting, Exploring the Science, Practicing the Art and expand your knowledge and understanding about pain management, meet some of the most forward-thinking experts in the field, gain practical hands-on experiences, and have a great time!

Who Should Attend – Any clinician who practices, or is interested in practicing, pain management from an integrative perspective, will benefit from the meeting.

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Institute on Psychiatric Services

WHEN:
October 10, 2013 – October 13, 2013

WHERE:
Philadelphia
PA
USA

Event Website- http://www.psych.org/

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ASA Annual Meeting

WHEN:
October 12, 2013 – October 16, 2013

WHERE:
San Francisco
CA
USA

American Society of Anesthesiologists

847-825-5586

Event Website- http://www.asahq.org/

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NERVEmber

2013 Scottsdale Headache Symposium

WHEN:
November 13, 2013 – November 17, 2013

WHERE:
Scottsdale
AZ
USA

CONTACT:
American Headache Society
Event Website- http://www.achenet.org

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Comic Pain Relief

WHEN:
November 8, 2013

WHERE:
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Chandler,AZ 85225
USA

CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation 480-882-1342
info@powerofpain.org

Event Website: http://powerofpain.org/
Comic Pain Relief 2013 presented by the Power of Pain Foundation for NERVEmber. More Info to come!

Comic Pain Relief is a charity show to help raise awareness of chronic pain issues through a great social event using comedy. The event is open the public.

The Comic Pain Relief show will take place to help raise proceeds and support for low income and under-insured patients who are affected by chronic pain conditions such as Post Cancer Neuropathy, MS, Lyme Disease, Diabetic Neuropathy and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Neuropathy pain conditions affect people of all ages, and races. There are over 100 million Americans with Chronic Pain.

KenTaylorExecutiveDirectorPowerofPainKen Taylor
Ken is the Executive Director of the Power of Pain Foundation, and an expert on several neuropathy conditions.  Ken@powerofpain.org

 

 

Through Our Motivation For a Cure, We Turn Pain Into Power!  ©powerofpain

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Now I Lay Me Down… (An RSD/CRPS Poem)

Poem Now I Lay Me Down by Twinkle Wood VanFleetThis poem is dedicated to all my RSD/CRPS brothers and sisters. It was written only a few months ago. For many years I had a popular poetry site called Golden Rainbow Poetry and became Golden Rainbow Poetry Creations as it evolved. I had a small business license back then under the same name.

Many of my poems have been lost, some have been found and others are hopefully backed up on a drive I have not located yet. From my earlier years of writing there is a journal type book somewhere that has dozens hand written in. I am hoping it is in the garage in a box.

Soon I will begin to share the ones I do have available. Some have been published in both hard print and audio, in hard bound compilations of 100’s of poets together in 1 book, 4 of my poems live inside those, others on various internet sites. I wrote a poem for 911 that is on audio. The project was published as both hard bound book with an audio CD, mine made it to the audio part.

Each of my poems have a mood, some in imagery that leaves the reader to wonder the meaning and also to connect with the words themselves.

Some of these poems could come from the reader themselves. It could be anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

It is still Nervember (November) National RSD/CRPS Awareness Month. I hope the poem above brings a bit of awareness to those who can’t seem to grasp the meaning of RSD/CRPS. Or… What it feels like.

A special thanks to Barby Ingle, Trudy ThomasChris Greulich, and the Power of Pain Foundation.

Thanksgiving is less than 2 days away. I have much thanks to celebrate. Especially for the having the very best husband in the world, my children, grandson and the fire in my flesh and bones I survive however hard.

I am thankful for those friends mentioned above.  I am thankful for my mom, sister and extended family. I am thankful for being here to help others, I am thankful for those who help me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Always be as well as you can be

Wishing each of you pain eased days and nights…

 

Help Make It Happen! Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain

Please, Help fund this project in NERVEmber! 2012

Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain
A full-color story book that will improve the daily lives of families that deal with the struggles associated with Chronic Pain.

To understand the importance of this book, Watch the Video!

Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts to make a contribution to this great project.

Please make a contribution no matter how small, every dollar helps us reach the goal. This is a unique and worthy project to help our young population understand how to interact with those who experience some kind of chronic pain. Contributions can be as small as $1.00 and gifts will be given to the higher donations starting at only $10.00.  Click on the image and see what its all about.

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

What?

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

Why?

I was watching my son and his cousins interacting with their aunt Barby, who suffers with chronic pain. It was difficult for them to understand why they couldn’t give her hugs, or make loud noises. Looking at her, she doesn’t seem hurt; she doesn’t have a cast or even a band-aid. Chronic pain is often invisible, which makes it difficult for children to understand.

They would forget and sometimes play too rough with her. Sometimes that would hurt her and she would cry out; then they would feel guilty, as if they are the one that caused her to be in pain. They even started to think the best thing was to leave her alone and play somewhere out of her way. But Barby wanted to play with them, talk with them and show them how much she loved them.

Seeing this, I wondered how this might be playing out in other homes with family members who suffer from chronic pain. Over 116 million people in America have chronic pain. I thought there must be a good way to teach the children in these families all about it, how to help the family member cope, and how to play and have a great time with them: to have a normal full relationship. In talking with Barby, we agreed that a children’s story book would be the best way of dealing with this type of need.

How?

Tim and Barby will work together to create an engaging story that directly addresses many of the daily challenges of living with Chronic pain and presents them to children in a gentle and natural way. Once the story is complete, Tim will develop the artwork to bring the story to life. Tim is a fully digital artist, who works in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

After the story and art are complete, they will be laid out for high-quality printing as well as developed into a digital app for phones and tablets.

November is “NERVEmber!”

We’d like to dedicate this project in honor of NERVEmber 2012, the month for Neuropathy Awareness.

Tim Ingle- Co Author and Illustrator

Barby Ingle- Co Author

www.powerofpain.org

www.facebook.com/powerofpain

www.twitter.com/powerofpain

www.linkedin.com/powerofpain

Fixed Funding campaign

This campaign will only receive funds if at least $13,999 is raised by Fri Nov 30 at 11:59PM PT.

It’s crucial that this project receives it’s funding by the deadline in order to proceed.

Most people don’t realize how far a dollar with go. If all of my friends, Barby Ingle’s friends, the Power of Pain Foundation’s friends, supporter’s of the Power of Pain Foundation, supporters of chronic pain and RSD/CRPS awareness can give a gift of $2 we could reach our goal.

I say “we” and “our’ because this project has the potential of changing lives. Making happier lives. Teaching children how to interact with those of us in pain and helping us care for them while hurting.

If you are a group, an organization, a business, please start a donation jar and donate no later than November 30th.

Please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts

I gave, will you give with me?

It all starts with us!

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NERVEmber (November) is National RSD/CRPS Awareness Month!

November is our nationwide Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month!

The Power of Pain Foundation calls this Nervember. There’s 2 meaning’s behind it and I hope that I’m explaining it properly. Nerve of course would be for nerves, and the nerve pain and/or damage we experience and ember, coals, fire, what our pain feels like. Barby Ingle Executive Director of the POPF explains during her hour long interview on the Living with HOPE Radio show Monday October 29th, 2012.

You should be able to find that episode here: Living with HOPE with Guest Barby Ingle http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebodymindandspiritnetwork/2012/10/29/living-with-hope

The episode is still availabe in the archives to either be listened to from Blog Talk Radio or by download. Barby also discusses several upcoming events for Nervember. Including a full day 6th Annual Arizona State Management Conference Webinar November 3rd, 2012.

For a really great blog, don’t forget to visit: Patient Awareness by the Power of Pain Foundation at www.PatientAwareness.org featuring writer and editor Chris Greulich. Still in it’s infancy, born only a few months back, you won’t want to miss this one. It’s growing by leaps and bounds. So much more pain and patient related information to come.

I can’t wait!

Patience Grasshopper…

Please support a loved one, friend, colleage, or even an acquaintance that you know who may be suffering from and attempting to survive this painful and debilitating neuro inflammatory auto immune disease. Even those you don’t know need your support.

We ask that you wear Orange as many times as possible throughout the month of November. Whether it be an awareness bracelet, clothing, anything. If you don’t have anything on hand, you can get into the spirit with us by making yourself an orange tag that say’s “I Support RSD/CRPS Awareness” or “I Hope for a Cure for RSD/CRPS”. Use your imagination, we’ll be thankful to you!

1000’s are getting together on November 5th, scattered throughout the world to wear orange in support of RSD/CRPS awareness day. The link to Rebecca Hale’s page is- https://www.facebook.com/events/251987344922784/

 

Don’t forget to tell everyone that you know to wear orange too and why. The more people you teach and who become educated in why we’re doing it can pass on what they’ve learned to the next person while wearing their orange and that person to the next..

and that person to the next..

If we all take part soon enough more and more people out there will become familiar with the words.. the letters..

R     S     D        C     R     P     S

 

Then we can rest easy and begin again.

What are you doing to this month in the name of RSD/CRPS awareness? Would love to hear from you!