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Clinical Support Manager
Principal Partner In Integrative Health
Advisory Board Member
Pain Institute of Conemaugh Health System
Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance
Nearly 77 million Americans struggle with ...
Nearly 77 million Americans struggle with chronic pain, and Barbara Duryea, IMAC board member andDirector, Research and Development, John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute, notes that there isa definite need for chronic pain self-management among people in our region.Â â€œThe popularity of the first course underscored for us the importance of providing this type of education,â€ Duryea says.Â â€œMore people suffer from pain than from diabetes, heart disease andcancer combined, and the impact can be devastating for the people who are suffering and for their families.Â In addition, chronic pain places a huge economic burden on society, costing approximately $100 billion each year in lost wages and productivity, disability payments and medical claims.â€
The Murtha institute treats a number of ALS patients and "the referrals keep coming," Duryea said.
A support group was established to help patients and their families cope with the disease.
"It continues to be one of our most active support groups," Duryea said.
"It's probably one of the most enjoyable support groups we have."
The group is also connecting to patients in their homes through the Internet, which Duryea said is a great help to those who can't leave home because of limitations brought on by ALS.
"The fact that you can support individuals in their own home really impacts the quality of life,"
"We really need that data for scientists to look through,"
Lewis County PUD
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