October news
The need for improved care continues long after Pain Awareness Month
Plus, there are still opportunities to take part! Read more.
Learn about OTC options with a pharmacist on Oct. 15
Many patients use over-the-counter (OTC) treatment options, but do you know the right way to use them? Read more.
Next Building Your Toolbox event is tomorrow
Learn about self-massage for pain in an intimate, interactive setting tomorrow at 7:30 pm ET. Read more.
My Marathon raises awareness, funding
The Pediatric Pain Warrior Program's My Marathon initiative has raised more than $8,500. Read more.
Symposium offers insight into future of pain management
Read a recap and access recordings of the Sept. 24 symposium that brought together patients, providers, and payors. Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month: Richard Kreis
Age: 56 years young
Location: Sacramento, CA
Pain warrior role: Ambassador since 2015
Health conditions: Chronic low back pain, leg circulation issues, leg ulcers, skin grafts, slight memory issues, and edema.
Tip for pain warriors: "For people just starting their chronic pain journey, I always say, 'pain without humor is just painful.' What I mean by this is, even with the worst pain possible, if you never laugh, what do you have? A life of pain is difficult, so laugh. Also, you have to care for yourself before you can care for someone else."
Fun fact: "Four other caregivers and I became chat group friends and then joined together to write a book 365 Caregiving Tips, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers. That one book has turned into four books with two available in Spanish."

Richard is a certified caregiving advisor who helps support caregivers, providing information and helping with challenges caregivers face. He also is a group counselor who works with those who have or those living with someone who has a chronic condition. In addition, he is a moderator on four different social media sites aimed at helping others in pain. Richard is very active on social media in general, providing information to the pain community and frequently helping share U.S. Pain's efforts online.
This month on the blog
Upcoming educational events
Upcoming support groups

Pain Connection Live conference calls (open to all):

  • Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 to 8 pm ET
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 am to noon ET
Pain Connection also offers location-based support groups that are currently meeting over Zoom. States with groups include: Arizona, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North and South Carolina, and Oregon.
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