“All quality-of-life realms—physical, intellectual, financial, emotional, cultural and spiritual—are diminished by chronic pain illnesses.”
Belleville, IL (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
Allsup, a nationwide provider of services for people with disabilities, the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) and the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) will host a moderated chat titled, “Is chronic pain a disability?” during the Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo.
The chat is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1:45 p.m. CST. The Expo will be live that day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.
The Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo will connect people with disabilities and their caregivers with programs, services, organizations, resources and experts that can help them access healthier and more financially secure lives. The event will be Section 508 compliant for accessibility.
“One of the most common things my wife hears is, ‘But you look good!’ ” said chat co-moderator Wayne Connell, IDA founder and president. His wife, Sherri, experiences pain due to multiple sclerosis and Lyme disease. “Because you can’t really see pain, and so many suffer in silence, it is often hard for others to fully appreciate the impact chronic pain can have on your entire life.”
Jan Chambers, founder and president, NFMCPA, and chat co-moderator, agreed.
“All quality-of-life realms—physical, intellectual, financial, emotional, cultural and spiritual—are diminished by chronic pain illnesses,” she said. “Loved ones are also negatively affected by the substantial drain on family resources and interpersonal relationships.”
Chambers added that when eligibility is determined for disability programs and services, chronic pain is sometimes defined by policy, rather than individual experiences. NFMCPA leadership meets with the federal agencies determining policy, such as Medicare reimbursement guidelines for prescriptions and treatment, or funding for pain-related research, that affects people suffering from chronic pain illnesses. “The NFMCPA then transfers information to create better understanding of chronic pain and provides a voice representing the patient life experience,” Chambers said.
Allsup senior claimant representative Danielle Schultz said chronic pain is a very real issue for many of the individuals Allsup helps to receive Social Security disability benefits. She pointed out that one of the challenges people with chronic pain face is the lack of scientific measures to quantify pain.
“It’s important to recognize that chronic pain impacts everyone in a different way,” said Schultz, who will co-moderate the chat. “Although medical evidence can demonstrate the diagnosis responsible for chronic pain, the pain itself isn’t easily measured. Therefore, when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, it is crucial that we obtain detailed information about how pain impacts daily activity and functioning and, if possible, obtain treating physician’s opinions on how it impacts the ability to work.”
The Web Expo will feature many other chat topics, including, “Wounded warriors—a discussion on veteran disability resources.” Register for the free, online event by visiting webexpo.allsup.com. Registrants can download the agenda and calendar reminders for the Sept. 27 event.
For more information about the Web Expo, contact Tai Venuti, MPH, at (800) 854-1418, ext. 68573.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.