Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pain Management is Possible to Alleviate Suffering

Chronic Pain can be unrelenting, however, there are methods that can free you from the cycle of pain. Since pain is influenced by many factors, you may need to take an inventory to determine how the following life issues may be affecting your recovery or adjustment to a medical disability or chronic pain condition. The impact on quality of life according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine shows a dramatic decrease on the overall enjoyment of life (59%), 77% of patients reported feeling depressed, 70% have trouble concentrating, 74% said their energy level is impacted by their pain and 86% reported an inability to sleep well. The statistics are alarming when you consider that 50 million people suffer from chronic pain. Pain costs for lost productivity is a concern to corporations and the healthcare system to the tune of about $100 Billion each year. What you need to know is that, there is help. There are treatment centers, pain techniques and programs that address the following issues:
  • How lifestyle affects your pain
  • Pain medication tolerance
  • Physical inactivity
  • Lack of family support
  • Misunderstanding about chronic pain
  • Stress & pain cycle
  • Financial problems
  • Work issues or limitations
It may be time for a consult or treatment to help alleviate your suffering and get back to a happier and productive life. You don't have to suffer alone. 

The World Health Organization recently held a conference of 17 countries in Geneva. This is a quote from Professor Harald Breivik, President of EFIC. (European Federation Chapter of the International Association on the Study of Pain)

"Chronic pain is one of the most underestimated health care problems of the world today, causing major consequences for the quality of life of the sufferer and a major burden on the health care system in the Western world."

Monday, November 26, 2012

President's Award

A wonderful honor was presented to me recently in Baltimore at the International Conference by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) for my work with several roles in developing programs in employee assistance, serving as Commissioner, working on various task forces in strategic planning and marketing of the CEAP credential.

In the photo, Jeff Christie, the President of EAPA is presenting me with the award. I want to thank Jeff and the association for this award and recognition.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Workshop on Treatment of Chronic Pain

On November 30th from 8:30 am to 11:45 am, a team of experts will be co-presenting a workshop on the elements of treating pain. Pain is a complex system that can be treated with cognitive, behavioral and physical medicine strategies. If you are interested or know someone suffering from chronic pain, plan to attend.
The program is being held at The Council on Alcohol Drugs Houston at 303 Jackson Hill. Click on this link to register.

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