A few months ago, five or six to be exact I signed up to take part in a pain study group being performed through Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. The premise of the study was to look at the patient overall, not just the pain but their lifestyle, medications, therapies, play habits (golf, water sports, etc.) eating and sleep habits and much more. Once I completed the forms and turned them in I was to wait to receive a call, which never came. So I wrote off Stanford University and their pain groups, and continued searching for other groups that may be performing pain studies and at this point I am still searching.
I opened up my email yesterday and on of the very first subject line was, “Free Education Day for People Living with Chronic Pain.” WOW!!, did my eyes open wide when I read that, like a burst of adrenalin overcame me. I opened it up and began reading and behold, it’s from Stanford University. They are having a “FREE” chronic pain information day with guest speakers, resources, vendors and more for an entire day and they even gave us enough notice ahead of time to get a hotel or have a brother (in-law) clean the sheets in the spare room in time for a surprise visit. I posting this in case there is anyone else out there dealing with chronic pain and you live in the Northern California area and would like to attend, here is the information about the event and the internet address where to go to sign up for it, FYI: “Reservations Are Required.”
FREE Education Day for People Living with Chronic Pain!
Sunday, September 21, 2014 Paul Brest Hall
To Register Go To: http://www.westernpainsociety.org
Western Pain Society, Stanford Division of Pain Management, and Stanford Hospital and Clinics
8:30 am Registration Opens (continental breakfast, goody bags, bookstore & resources)
9:45 am Welcoming Remarks
10:00 – 10:40 am Pain and the Brain
10:40 – 11:20 am Medication Management
11:20 – 12:00 pm Pain Psychology: Harness the Power of Your Brain
12:00 – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm Bridging the Gap Between You and Your Healthcare Provider
1:45 – 2:00 pm Stretch Break
2:00 – 2:45 pm Don’t Tell Me; Teach Me (Chronic Pain Self Management)
2:30 – 3:00 pm Hospitality Break
3:00 – 3:45 pm Nutrition & Pain
3:45 – 4:15 pm Move Past Pain: Restorative Yoga
4:15 – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks
Please join us at Stanford University is one of the leading Universities performing studies into chronic pain that are this in depth. Join Stanford University for a day of learning about pain and how to best manage it. Be inspired by Stanford and local pain expert researchers and clinicians and come away from the day with information you can use to help yourself.
Here is another site related to the event when you can register, get more information, find parking and shuttle information and more, http://www.westernpainsociety.org/conference/patient-event/. The National Academies Press is offering for “FREE” on pdf format their text, “Relieving Pain in America” which you can download at: http://nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13172. My hope is that if even one other person registers for this event, then I have done my job as a chronic pain advocate. If anyone does sign up and would like to meet at the event, please feel free to contact me through this post or direct through my email which is listed below. Knowing that you’re not alone and knowing that there is help out there, is a stress reliever in itself.