Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women - Videos

In the winter issue of the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) newsletter there was a very important announcement regarding the 2010 formation of a new alliance of organizations called the Overlapping Conditions Alliance (OCA). (Please also refer to the CPRA – “Chronic Pain Research Alliance”  http://overlappingconditions.org/ They have chosen 7 common conditions that often co-exist and either solely or disproportionately impact women:  vulvodynia, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular disorders, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic headache.

They have released a groundbreaking report, Chronic Pain in Women:  Neglect, Dismissal and Discrimination which details the staggering human and financial toll of these pain disorders and offers policy solutions to improve the quality of medical care for affected women.

(See  www.endwomenspain.org)  Please watch videos on this site.

The report’s key findings are 1:  up to 50 million American women suffer from one or more of these chronic pain disorders and 2:  our country’s failure to support an adequate research effort and train medical professionals in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of these six conditions adds as mjuch as $80 billion a year in direct and indirect costs to America’s annual health care bill.

 

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