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Lynda Carter, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Partners Against Pain®
Host Pain Management Program

By Tammy Gay

 

The exhibit features black and white photographs of people who have experienced persistent pain due to an illness or medical condition, but through appropriate pain management are now able to live relatively normal lives. Celebrities featured in the exhibit include Carter, Debbie Allen, Corbin Bernsen, Bo Derek, Karen Duffy, Olympia Dukakis, Mia Farrow, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Doris Roberts, Joe Theismann, and the late Robert Urich.

 

Jan. 21, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The “Many Faces of Pain” photo exhibition, part of a national tour paying tribute to the 50 million Americans who live with persistent pain, will be unveiled Feb. 4 in Lexington following a consumer awareness program hosted by actress Lynda Carter and Steven Passik, Ph.D., director of Symptom Management and Palliative Care (SMPC) at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

The “Many Faces of Pain” program and exhibit is sponsored by Partners Against Pain® in collaboration with the SMPC, to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate pain management.

“One step in alleviating pain and suffering is to educate health care professionals about proper pain treatment and make patients aware that they have the right to appropriate pain management,” Passik said. “This can help give hope and spread the word that people do not have to live with pain.”

The event featuring Carter will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Deauville Room at the Sheraton Suites Lexington, located at 2601 Richmond Road. A reception and exhibit viewing will follow.

The photo exhibit will be available for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UK Markey Cancer Center from Thursday, Feb. 6, to Sunday, Feb. 16, and online at www.partnersagainstpain.com.

The exhibit features black and white photographs of people who have experienced persistent pain due to an illness or medical condition, but through appropriate pain management are now able to live relatively normal lives. Celebrities featured in the exhibit include Carter, Debbie Allen, Corbin Bernsen, Bo Derek, Karen Duffy, Olympia Dukakis, Mia Farrow, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Doris Roberts, Joe Theismann, and the late Robert Urich.

When persistent pain is not properly treated, or left untreated, it can lead to depression, loss of function and lost workdays. A wide range of specific illnesses or medical conditions cause persistent pain. Many of these relate to skeletal problems, which include lower, middle and upper back pain. Arthritis, headaches and nerve problems also can cause persistent pain. In addition, pain can result from sports or work-related injuries, following surgery, or as a result of a car accident.

According to a national survey commissioned by Partners Against Pain®,
34 percent of people with pain feel they can’t function as a normal human being and sometimes hurt so badly they don’t want to continue living. Yet, 80 percent of patients surveyed thought that their pain was a normal part of their medical condition and something with which they must live.

“Pain can be managed,” Passik said. “Patients need to talk with their physicians about the severity and frequency of their pain experience because this helps health care professionals prescribe the most appropriate and effective pain management regimen. Each sufferer has different needs, but they can be helped.”

Partners Against Pain® is an educational program sponsored by Purdue Pharma.


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