Take Control Of Your Pain is a patient-education days for pain warriors and care champions to learn tools to empower them to take control of their personal pain and medical journeys.
What is Take Control of Your Pain?
- Take Control of Your Pain is the namesake for all U.S. Pain patient-education days and summits.
- Take Control of Your Pain is geared toward people with pain and their caregivers, the day focuses on obtaining knowledge, meeting others, and gaining relief and hope.
- Take Control of Your Pain is not only educational, but also empowering. It is a unique opportunity to be in a room with others who fully understand the struggles and fears as well as the strength it takes to move forward another day with pain.
- Valerie Foster and Bill Van Ollefen – Pathway to Mindfulness
- Sierra Malmud, MD – Alternative Complementary Therapies to Manage Pain
- Yuriy Ivanov, DO – Interventional Options to Manage Chronic Pain
- Nichole Lopez, NP – Headaches
- Grace Forde, MD – Medical Marijuana in NY to manage chronic pain
- Dr. Lynn Webster – “The Painful Truth”
- Dr. Beth Hogans – Take Back Your Back
- Dr. Albert Ray – The Need for Integrative Therapies
- Paul Gileno – Founder of U.S. Pain Foundation, sharing the history of the organization and the reason why all people with pain matter
- Dr. Hazmer Cassim – The Past, Present and Future of Pain Medicine
- Steven Richeimer – renowned pain specialist and director of The USC Pain Center will share an overview of neuropathic pain
- Elinor Silverstein – internationally recognized Feldenkrais practitioner discussing the Feldenkrais method
- Randy Blancq – founder of Quench The Fire shared more about the organizations history and purpose
- Pamela Merriam, Nurse Practitioner at Kreck Medical Center of USC discussing the role of NP in pain management setting and expectations of patients when seeing providers
- Michelle Sexton – Medical Research Director at the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy discussing medicinal marijuana and pain management
- Patient and advocate, Radene Marie Cook who gave a “Patient Perspective”
- Trip Buckenmaier III, MD – Integrative Pain Management
- Lynn Webster, MD – Safer Use of Opioids
- Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C, DCSW – Led Meditation
- Zahid Bajwa, MD – Migraine Headache
- Patient Story – Casey Cashman
A = Awareness & Acceptance
C = Confidence
T = Training & Movement
I = Independence
O = Opportunity
N = Nutrition
The day ended with two moving, hair-raising talks from Nicole Spink and Radene Marie Cook. Both are Invisible Project participants, and pain warriors, who shared their personal journeys dealing with pain, and where they are today health-wise and mentally. PHOTOS FROM EVENT >>
U.S. Pain Foundation would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this much-needed patient-education event.