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Jennifer Grey Promotes Effective Communication About Pain


millions of Americans who has lived with chronic pain. According to the Institute of Medicine, over 100 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain conditions. Grey’s journey with this com- plex medical condition began more than ten years ago, and it has impacted her per- sonal life and career. Now she’s sharing her experience to inspire others to become communication experts about pain. Grey understands how important open and hon- est dialogue is to developing an individu- alized treatment plan with your healthcare professional. Grey has joined forces with Partners Against Pain®


M to launch a national initia-


tive: A Hands On Approach for Pain Man- agement. The goal of the program is to empower pain patients and healthcare professionals with practical information and tools to communicate more effective- ly with each other. “Pain is part of life, but suffering doesn’t have to be,” says Grey. “No one should suffer in silence. I want people to know that communicating about pain is an important first step to identify- ing the best treatment options for you.” To get the most out of a medical ap- pointment, Grey suggests preparing in ad- vance by following the “Three R’s”:


„ Research and learn all you can about chronic pain so you’ll know what to ask during your next medical appointment. Be sure to write down your questions and take them with you.


„ Record how you’re feeling day-to-day in a pain journal.


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Write down your symptoms, their severity, and any steps you’re taking to relieve pain.


„ Rehearse with a loved one or caregiver to organize your thoughts and key points to communicate to your healthcare professional.


CELEBRATING 11 YEARS OF DIVERSITY for Pain


For more about A Hands On Approach Management,


visit Partners


Against Pain (www.partnersagainstpain. com). This web site offers practical infor- mation and tools to help improve the way patients and healthcare


professionals


share information about pain, including a downloadable pain journal, guides with tips for getting the most out of each medi- cal appointment, and a video feature with Jennifer Grey on communicating effec- tively about pain.


Source: newsusa.com PROFESSIONAL WOMAN’S MULTICULTURAL MAGAZINE 53


ovie icon, dancing star, and patient advocate Jennifer Grey is one of the


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