The importance of personal resilience in the battle against chronic pain will be the focus of the 8th annual Women in Pain Conference in Los Angeles on September 11.
(For those of you who don’t live in L.A., you can view the event which will be live streamed through the For Grace website – here.)
Women are more likely to suffer from chronic pain and the pain can come more frequently and hit with greater intensity.
“This year, I’m excited that we’ll be focusing on resilience,” said Cynthia Toussaint, who is founder of For Grace which is presenting the conference. “Whether we are born with resilience or not, we can learn to develop more which is what the day is all about.”
This idea of resilience was explored on the National Pain Report earlier this year. Stanford’s Drew Sturgeon, a post-doctoral fellow researching the topic, asked our readers to participate in a survey about resilience. While the data are still being analyzed, the hope is that future treatment models and an ability to predict how some will react to a chronic pain condition can emerge. We’ll share those results when he has them.