I just received the information below from the U.S. Pain Foundation regarding their initiative for November, “KNOWvember.” I hope everyone will take the time to read over the information and then forward it to those on your contacts list. In a survey performed by Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com), 31% (1 in 3) of U.S. adults have some sort of neck or back condition with pain, 26% (1 in 4), have a leg or knee condition with pain and 18% (approx. 1 in 5) have some sort of other condition causing pain. Furthermore the survey showed that 7% of adults mentioned that they have experienced all three conditions. 33% (1/3) of responders over the age of 50 stated they were experiencing some sort of “ongoing neck or back pain.” If those figures don’t warrant this being read further I’m not sure what is.
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As the nation’s leading pain patient-based advocacy and education nonprofit organization, the U.S. Pain Foundation’s #KNOWvember initiative is a month-long educational campaign focusing on all things chronic pain. It is the primary goal of the U.S. Pain Foundation to be the leading source of hope and support to those living with pain and their caregivers; #KNOWvember is another opportunity to reach the public and raise awareness for the over 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. Every day during the month of November, we will provide you with information about both common and rare diseases. In addition, we will be providing various webinars, Twitter chats, and conference calls throughout the month. The U.S. Pain Foundation is challenges you educate yourself and others with the “Did You Know” campaign this#KNOWvember. Information is key to education, awareness, support and proper care!
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4 Core Beliefs Supported By The U.S Pain Foundation
1. Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
2. Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
3. Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
4. Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
Programs Supported By The U.S. Pain Foundation
As an organization serving tens of thousands of people with pain, we strive to offer a wide array of programs that help people wherever they are on their pain journey.
Advocacy: U.S. Pain is dedicated to making sure people with pain are heard on both the state and national level. Fighting each day to make sure those have access to the needed treatments and medications, we are raising awareness in hopes of ending the stigma associated with pain.
Beautify in Blue: This visual initiative is designed to emphasize the bravery of those living with pain on a daily basis. As cities and towns proudly display royal blue colored signs and ribbons, Beautify in Blue empowers those living with pain by gaining the support from the communities in which they live.
eNewsletter: The eNewsletter, along with our bi-yearly ‘Journey of Hope’ publication, highlights our programs and provides information about advocacy efforts and important upcoming events as well as helpful seasonal tips.
Heroes of Healing: An online, closed support group, this community offers an opportunity for those in pain to connect in a safe, secure space. Heroes of Healingoffers discussion forums, blogs, videos, live chats and more.heroesofhealing.com.
INvisible Project: The INvisible Project creates chronic pain awareness through the photographs and stories of real people living with pain. By making visible the experiences and challenges associated with chronic pain, this campaign validates the journey while highlighting personal strength, character and courage.invisibleproject.org
Learn About Your Pain: This website is designed for newly diagnosed pain patients who are looking for concrete, credible information. Browse the directory of pain conditions to learn more and gather resources. Start learning today:learnaboutyourpain.com
Pain Ambassador Network: Volunteer Pain Ambassadors represent the organization in communities across the country. They ambassadors help individuals in need, organize educational events, lobby legislators for better health-care laws and more. Pain Ambassadors are the face of the U.S. Pain Foundation and the pain community. uspainfoundation.org/pain-ambassador.html
Pain Medicine 411: This website shares credible information regarding medications. Discussing the risks and benefits involved with prescription drugs,Pain Medicine 411 empowers patients to make informed decisions about their personal treatment program. painmedicine411.org
Pain Warrior Bracelets: These colorful bracelets, representing all the many different conditions that cause pain, unite the pain community. They are a constant reminder to those living with pain that they are not alone on this fight.
Support Groups: Helping individuals organize their own support groups, and we provide educational and motivational materials they can use to help themselves and others. Contact our main office for more information on finding a support group and/or starting a group.
“Take Control of Your Pain”events: The goal of these patient-education seminars is to educate people on the latest advances in pain management and complementary therapies as well as offering them the opportunity to share their pain journey with others who have had similar experiences.
“Triumph Over Pain” Walks: Held in communities across the country, these walks are a popular way to raise awareness and funds for our ‘Take Control Of Your Pain’ events. triumphoverpain.org
Thanks to everyone who helps someone through their discomfort and pain. Your friendship, support and care is greatly appreciated.