Our exploration of different treatment modalities through the “Building Your Toolbox” series continues tonight, Sept. 1, at 7:30 pm ET. Our exploration of a wide-range of  treatment options is meant to provide you with tools for you to help reduce your pain and increase your overall well-being.

Rick Dyer, MSK, CSCS, CPT—husband of Nicole Hemmenway, U.S. Pain’s CEO—will be sharing tips and exercises for core strengthening. Dyer is director of CrossFit Los Altos and a personal trainer. For nearly 20 years, he has been helping individuals improve their strength, mobility, and overall physical function and health. Dyer is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and a certified personal trainer (CPT).

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Location: Dayton, Ohio

Age: 51

Pain warrior role: Advocate and chronic pain support group leader since 2017

Conditions: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and osteoarthritis.

Favorite tip: “Finding a good support group has really helped my mental health. Whether it’s online with Pain Connection or in person, feeling understood is very beneficial. Look at multiple ways to approach pain, such as meditation, physical therapy, and counseling is useful.”

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My silent wait

By: Ellen Lenox Smith

During this pandemic, many of you are experiencing what those of us have had to learn to live with a chronic condition. You are wearing masks, washing hands frequently, isolated from many, avoiding stores, crowds, and learning to live an altered life until this pandemic lifts. And when that happens, you will get to go back to a version of the life you knew. And I and others in circumstances like me will get to return to the help we need to live a better quality of life that has been put on hold.

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By: Brandy Garcia

My children, husband, and I have been living with chronic migraine for over 10 years. I am the one diagnosed with chronic migraine, but my disease affects everyone in my home. I always knew my pain affected my daily life, what I did not know was how much it impacted my husband and children. Sometimes my pain is so severe that I cannot even think about another human nevermind recognize what it is doing to them. Witnessing my husband suffer from a migraine turned my view of the disease around. It was not until this moment that I was able to comprehend how my migraine disease affects my family.

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Can my medication be refilled virtually? How do I know if my insurance covers telehealth? Is my privacy protected when I connect with my doctor online?

On Monday, Aug. 24, at 1 pm ET, pain expert Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, DAIPM, FCCP, FASHP, FFSMB, will be answering your questions about how to access pain care via telehealth.

To submit a question in advance of the webinar, please email emily@uspainfoundation.org.

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In advance of its Pain Awareness Month campaign, which will focus on the importance of multidisciplinary care, U.S. Pain Foundation has launched a survey on barriers to effective pain management. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. It is open to all United States residents with chronic pain.

“We know that multidisciplinary care is best practice in pain management, but too often, multimodal therapies are unaffordable or otherwise inaccessible to patients,” says Nicole Hemmenway, U.S. Pain Foundation CEO. “We’re hoping this survey can help us better understand some of the barriers patients face in getting the treatment they need, and in doing so, help identify possible solutions.”

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U.S. Pain Foundation is pleased to share a sneak preview of its 2020 Pain Awareness Month campaign, which begins Sept. 1. This year’s theme is #MyPainPlan and will focus on the vital importance of an individualized, multidisciplinary, multimodal approach to pain care.

The 2020 campaign is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Sunbeam®, a manufacturer of electric appliances, including heat therapy products.

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On July 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) to address the topic of pain management. The CDC is preparing to update its 2016 Opioid Prescribing Guideline for Chronic Pain.

“The most critical part of the meeting was the CDC’s announcement of the process they will be using to update the Guideline,” says Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain, who attended the meeting by phone. “The CDC also shared the names and affiliations of 24 individuals selected for a  working group, which will review the new Guideline prepared by CDC and issue a report for the BSC/NCIPC to review and consider. We are pleased to see that Kate Nicholson, JD, a patient and patient advocate, was included.”

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The U.S. Pain Foundation recently has been participating in the Collaborative for CBD Science & Safety (CCSS), created to provide a forum to exchange information and resources and respond to policies and practices affecting cannabidiol (CBD) research, safety, and quality.

“It is important to the U.S. Pain Foundation that people have access to purchasing safe and high-quality CBD,” says Ellen Lenox Smith, Medical Cannabis Advocacy Co-Director, who participates in the coalition. “Presently, people truly have few guidelines to go by and are paying exorbitant amounts of money and many times not getting the product or results being claimed on the packaging.”

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Learn about aromatherapy

Pain Connection’s next “Building Your Toolbox” video conference event will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm ET. Each event focuses on a different option for managing or coping with chronic pain.

This month’s event will focus on aromatherapy with Gloria C. Mathiesen, MA, LMT, LAC, RYT-200, a certified aromatherapist, and Usui Reiki master/teacher. Mathiesen graduated in 1997 from Irene Gauthier’s Myomassology Institute located in her home state of Michigan. She has been providing therapeutic massage services ever since. Mathiesen also has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed in Ohio and Arizona. All of her modalities and trainings interweave the connection between the mind and body and how to build resilience. She focuses on courses and workshops addressing topics including PTSD, eating disorders, addiction, chronic pain, and trauma.

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