Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women Launches May 19

May 10, 2010

We have written previously about the Overlapping Conditions Alliance, a group of nonprofit organizations “seeking to advance the scientific, medical and policy needs of individuals affected by medical conditions that frequently overlap.”

On May 19, the Alliance will launch the Campaign to End Chronic Pain In Women with a goal “to improve the quality of women’s lives by raising awareness of chronic pain conditions that disproportionately impact women, as well as the neglect, dismissal and discrimination faced by women suffering from chronic pain. ”

As a campaign alert explains:

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis (IC), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders and vulvodynia are just some of the conditions that have sidelined as many as 50 million lives and cost up to $80 billion each year. These four either solely affect women, or target women at least four times more often than men.

At a congressional briefing on the 19th, the Campaign will release a report on chronic pain in women. The briefing will be hosted by by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), and will feature representatives of the four organizations of the Overlapping Conditions Alliance. A website for the campaign will also become available on that date; we’ll update with the link.

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