Photo Friday – Pain Week 2017
Pain Week is an annual conference focused on pain for the health care professionals who see patients who have a multitude of disorders and diseases. Doctors, pharmacologists, nurse practitioners, and those who offer complementary and alternative therapies all gather to attend seminars on the latest research in this field.
I was there to represent US Pain Foundation and the INvisible Project. Spending time in the exhibition hall, I had interesting conversations with attendees about what they do in the pain community and how the various projects of US Pain could be a good resource to offer their patients.
During the 5-day conference, topics included ketamine, pain management coaching, regulatory issues, prescribing guidelines, biofeedback, virtual reality for pain management, microbiome, patient-centered practices and addiction. Disease specific seminars included erythromelalgia, arachnoiditis, occipital neuralgia, neuropathy, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. For the first time, the American Headache Society hosted an all-day seminar on chronic migraine education. More on that amazing program to come.
On this Photo Friday, I wanted to share pictures of what attendees wrote when asked the question, “What Did You Learn?” The creativity, thoughtfulness and important lessons represented below showed me that those in attendance were walking away with new ideas, skill or knowledge that would then be implemented into their practice when they returned home.
This picture is being sold as part of a fundraising effort between the US PainFoundation and 540WMain, a non-profit run by my dear friend Calvin Eaton in Rochester, NY. Learn more about this project and how to purchase artwork by those who have chronic pain conditions.
My first migraine attack happened at age five, a mere child. In a way I was lucky that I experienced aura with mine. That one symptom made it easier to diagnose and treat. However, many children have migraine and their symptoms go unrecognized.
Obsessing over Broadway musicals, creating a newsletter for my 5th grade class, writing an essay that won me a scholarship to a summer theatre camp at age 8, taking private vocal lessons, consistently writing personal diaries from the 2nd grade to the present, being a member of multiple award-winning show choirs, acapella and madrigal groups,…