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 Paul Gileno On Spotlight Connecticut 

U.S. Pain Foundation's President and Founder discusses the importance of paying attention when considering taking over-the medications, his pain journey, and the one thing he thinks is necessary for all pain warriors. Watch the interview  here!

October Awareness Observations

Oct. 7: Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness

Dysautonomia Awareness

Spina Bifida Awareness 

Down's Syndrome Awareness

October Events

Oct. 15 from 10-2: U.S. Pain Table at Hike for Heroes Pack Family Event
Palmer Park, Colorado Springs, CO
Registration is $25/person or $100 for team of 5+

Oct. 16 from 12-4: U.S. Pain and Pain Connections at the 3rd Annual Family Wellness Festival at The J. in Tucson, Az.
Free Event 

Oct. 16 at 8 a.m.: USC Quench the Fire Run-Walk-Roll
Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA

Oct. 22 at 7 a.m.: 
Fight Gone Bad
Crossfit Los Altos
600 Fremont Avenue
Los Altos, CA

Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA
 The Mighty and U.S. Pain Partnership Grows

Each week, our friends at The Mighty  send out a newsletter filled with powerful personal essays and stories from the chronic pain/fibromyalgia community. Take a few seconds and sign up sign up here  to receive it! The Mighty puts U.S. Pain Foundation resources in front of readers to give them all the help they might need, and get involved with USPF. If you haven't seen USPF's page on The Mighty yet, check it out here! Enjoy!

Advocacy Updates: 

U.S. Pain Foundation is pleased to share the IMS Health, " Biosimilars: Who Saves?" white paper. The document outlines not only the potential savings with biosimilars, but also who those savings are the most likely to benefit. Read more here!

Advancing Hope Act of 2016 was recently signed by the President. This allows the reauthorization of a program for priority review to encourage treatments for rare pediatric diseases. This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to expand the priority review voucher program for rare pediatric diseases to include treatments for sickle cell disease and pediatric cancers. Read more here!

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Here is a simple way to raise funds ...  Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchases to the U.S. Pain Foundation.

October Newsletter
October 6, 2016
Dear Members and Fellow Pain Warriors,
I would thank each and every one of you for your unbelievable and inspiring efforts throughout Pain Awareness Month. Your bravery during September was above and beyond. We are so proud of the strength and resilience you shared with the world. 

The U.S. Pain Foundation is continuing to raise awareness in the month of October with two of our biggest fundraisers of the year, including the unveiling of 2016 INvisible Project. We are truly honored to recognize and honor 2016's participants, which include "Children and their Families" and "Veterans."

As the weather changes, and pain levels soar, we want you to know that the U.S. Pain Foundation is here for you. We will continue fighting along side of you throughout your journey, and will never stop advocating for you. 

Wishing you high-spirits and low-pain,
Paul Gileno
       Founder and President, U.S. Pain Foundation
 Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala

On October 22nd, U.S. Pain Foundation will be hosting the  2nd Annual Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel in San Francisco to honor our profiled 2016 INvisible Project participants of Veterans as well as Kids & Their Families. The goal: to show the reality of life with pain, and to offer hope and inspiration to the millions like us.
This gala celebrates and recognizes the courage of these amazingly brave, inspiring individuals while raising awareness about chronic pain and funds for the programs of U.S. Pain Foundation. We hope you will join us October 22nd in honoring these individuals.

The 2nd Annual Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala: A Celebration of Real-Life Heroes
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
San Francisco, CA
6pm - 10pm
$125 per person  I  $225 per couple
Cocktail hour begins at 6pm with dinner to follow. Silent auction, DJ and Photo Booth. Cocktail Attire.

To find get more information or register to attend, please click here!
If you have any questions or would like to donate, please email:
A Fundraiser for the U.S. Pain Foundation will be held at CrossFit Los Altos 

For the past five years,  CrossFit Los Altos  with  Focused Individual Trainers  have hosted  Fight Gone Bad , a fundraiser workout, to benefit the work of U.S. Pain Foundation. This year's event will take place on Saturday, October 22, in Los Altos, CA.
With 1 in 3 Americans living with pain, most likely, every person has a connection to pain ...  and that is part of the reason we are so appreciative to CrossFit Los Altos for recognizing this plight and aligning with us to make a difference. 

The funds raised this year through FGB will go to expanding the INvisible Project. 
 The goal is to raise $25,000.  

While as an organization, we understand the majority of those living with pain might not be able to workout in such capacity, we encourage those in the pain community to support this endeavor. You can do so  by clicking the button below. 

U.S. Pain's National Director of Policy and Advocacy Speaks Out For Pain Awareness

Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain Foundation's National Director of Policy and Advocacy spoke to a large group of second year medical students and neuroscience researchers on September 12th  at the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, ME as part of UNE's Pain Awareness Month activities. Cindy's talk was entitled "Inadequate Pain Care in America: How to Improve It Through Advocacy and Policy Change."  She spoke about the challenges people with pain face in seeking care, what people with pain most want from their healthcare providers, the root causes of inadequate pain care, and how we can improve pain care through policy change.

Cindy was also an invited speaker at the Academy of Integrated Pain Management Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Cindy along with the Academy's Executive Director Bob Twillman, PhD and Robert Rich, MD discussed the CDC Guidelines in Primary Care Practice.  Cindy discussed the impact the Guidelines have had on patients since their release in March of this year reporting on various surveys that have been conducted that have demonstrated a marked increase in disruption in patient care, difficulty in accessing treatment and even widespread abandonment of people with chronic pain by healthcare providers fearful of sanctions for exceeding the Guidelines' medication dosages.

October 2016 marks the 31st "Talk About Your Medicines" Month. TAYMM is an annual opportunity to focus attention on the value that better medicine communication can play in promoting better medicine use and better health outcomes.

The 2016 TAYMM is focused on managing polypharmacy, the concurrent use of a large number of prescription medicines, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements - generally 5 or more - by the same person, at the same time. Polypharmacy can result in confusing medication regimens and schedules, and a concerning accumulation of side effects ("adverse drug events") or harmful drug interactions.

Initially created by NCPIE and our health education stakeholders as "Talk About Prescriptions Month," TAYMM has grown and expanded to stimulate conversations between consumers and their healthcare providers about all the types of medicines they may take, with a focus on what to know about a medication in terms of expected health outcomes, possible side effects, benefits and potential risks.

This year's TAYM program will include educational resources and social media messages focused on addressing and managing polypharmacy.  Click Here to get more information and resources for patients!

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