My Life Is Not My Own

My Life Is Not My Own
By: Michell Freeman


My name is Michell Freeman, I am from a small town in Bennettsville, South Carolina and this is my story. On November 4, 2013 I was in an automobile accident that involved a fatality. I was hit by a car that had ran a red light. I was unable to walk without great pain. When I arrived at the hospital my legs felt very cold and I had lost feeling in my saddle area and later down my left leg. The Doctor came in and told my family that I had a disc fragment that sequestered. The doctor told my husband that I was to lie flat on my back only to get up to use the restroom and if I lost control of my bowel or bladder to call …


Tips for Pain Patients Buying a Home

When buying a house you dont want to create your comfort zone, you want to buy your comfort zone, when possible.

  1. Check to see if the home is chronically ill. Have a home inspection done – Look for a home that doesn’t need a lot of repair upon move-in. Just like many chronic pain diseases, homes can have hidden symptoms below the surface. If it looks rickety or old, it probably is. You can request specality inspections such as for water quality and pressure, air quailty, and mold. 
  2. Look for low maintenance flooring – tile/wood that is smooth so you have less falls or on a scooter, crutches they dont get caught.
  3. Find out if water system can handle foot levers to turn water off and on at the sinks.
  4. Check the kitchen for convenience. Is there the ability to

Mediaplanet features International Pain Foundation for pain month issue

We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s “Pain and Sleep Sensitivity” campaign where we united with like-minded industry leaders to educate the public on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep to mental, heart and immune system health. The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on August 19th 2016 and is published online. For the full campaign, visit:


Music Moves Awareness

Music Moves Awareness, Join the Virtual Choir

Have the Nerve to be Heard and Make a Difference In The Lives of Millions Living with Chronic Pain

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  • One in three people (100 million+) in the United States are affected with a condition that causes chronic pain. Approaching 700 million world wide according to Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach.
  • Cost to American public of chronic pain is $635 billion dollars — lost productivity, lost wages, and healthcare fees.
  • The Department of Health & Human Services has declared chronic pain a public health crisis and mandated that a National Pain Strategy be developed to address chronic pain challenges.
  • Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist

Cushing’s Syndrome Clinical Study

Recruitment for Cushing’s Syndrome Clinical Study
This trial is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new investigational drug for the treatment of Cushing’s Syndrome. Under the supervision of qualified physicians, cortisol levels and symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome will be closely followed along with any signs of side effects.
Clinical trial for Cushing’s Syndrome is looking for volunteers. There is no placebo and the trial results are intended to be published. You can help make a difference. Learn more! t…

Body Butter Lotion Recipe

Are you having dry skin, irritated skin… one of our iPain Delegates swears by this family recipe her sister makes from home … here is the recipe! “The best lotion I have ever used it feels greasy but soaks in fast last 24 hrs.” -Tenah Callison

Body Butter

  • 1cup of Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup castor oil
  • any essential oils ex. lavender or vanilla
  1. Melt Shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
  2. After melted set aside and cool for 30 mins mix in Castor Oil and any essential oils ex lavender or vanilla.
  3. After 30 minutes of cooling.
  4. Place in freezer for 20 mins for partial solidity.
  5. After removing from freezer whip until a butter like consistency is achieved.

CNN “Prescription Addiction” Town Hall reaction

Dear Anderson Cooper & CNN Your “Prescription Addiction” Town Hall was so disappointingly one-sided.

I am contacting you because as a former professor of Communication Arts, Writer and Filmmaker, I rely on CNN to be the network where “…the reporters, producers, editors and writers at CNN aim for comprehensive journalism. In their news coverage, they strive to present the whole story, fairly and completely, so that readers and viewers may come to their own conclusions. And in their presentation of opinion and analysis, they strive to represent a range of viewpoints…

Comprehensive journalism also means that we do not let our financial interests determine the topics we cover. Our reporters, producers, writers and editors cover issues that are newsworthy and of interest to our readers and viewers, not because an issue may be of interest to advertisers,” as Time …


National Pain Strategy

A core recommendation of the 2011 IOM Report: Relieving Pain in America is: “The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services should develop a comprehensive, population health-level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, education, reimbursement, and research that includes specific goals, actions, time frames, and resources.” The IOM report highlighted specific objectives for the strategy:

  • Describe how efforts across government agencies, including public– private partnerships, can be established, coordinated, and integrated to encourage population-focused research, education, communication, and community-wide approaches that can help reduce pain and its consequences and remediate disparities in the experience of pain among subgroups of Americans.
    • Include an agenda for developing physiological, clinical, behavioral, psychological, outcomes, and health services research and appropriate links across these domains.
    • Improve pain assessment and management programs within the service delivery and financing programs of the

Pediatric Asthma Study Info

Recruitment for Pediatric Asthma Clinical Study
Asthma is a common lung condition among children. Your child may already have the symptoms of asthma like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Current asthma treatments don’t work well for every child. Clinical researchers are studying research treatments that may better control asthma in children. 

Pediatric Asthma Studies.

Local no-cost research studies enrolling kids ages 12–17 for #asthma.

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