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.

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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.


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Migraine and Pain Do Not Define Me- My Creative Side

December 18, 2016

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,…

“Uprooted” by Lisa Benson

February 21, 2017

My dear friend and fellow writer for Migraine.com, Lisa Benson, was the first one to answer my call to share art that depicts illness and pain.

The INvisible Project – Migraine Edition

June 28, 2017

You may have seen me post about the Invisible Project, but I don’t think I’ve taken the time to explain it. It’s a magazine that highlights the lives of those LIVING with chronic pain and tells their stories, emphasizing pictures from their personal archives. The main purpose is to make the invisible more visible. The…

1 Comment

  1. marineparent101 on September 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Katie,
    Sounds like an excellent week! I really like the first response. This person listened and listened well! Living with comorbidities, especially those that are pain related, make living with migraine and treating the other pain conditions a real challenge.
    Motion is lotion! Good one!
    Hugs,
    Roni



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