ARE YOU IN CHRONIC PAIN? 100 Million Adults Live with Chronic Pain Daily (Guest; Barby Ingle)


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How would you like to tap into the biggest Talk Show listening audience demographic you never knew existed?

100 million adult Americans are suffering silently and need help–help you can provide them by interviewing Barby Ingle, a national expert on chronic pain.

And those who are not in physical pain might be in financial pain since Chronic Pain costs the US society up to $635 billion dollars every year in lost wages, loss of productivity, and medical bills. And someone is picking up the tab on those bills.

Expert Guest, BARBY INGLE, was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a painful progressive neuro-autoimmune condition that affects multiple systems in the body and needs to be treated early so that disability does not take over.

Barby knows firsthand how hard it is to continue looking for relief, while facing chronic pain. As she searched for a cure, she’s become her own best advocate. She’s made it her mission to share the information she’s learned, so that others can become their own best advocates.


National Pain Strategy (NPS) is the country’s first and only comprehensive strategic plan and roadmap to improving the way that pain is perceived, assessed and treated in America. It was called for by the historic 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, Relieving Pain in America and was released by the Department of Health and Human Services on March 18, 2016. The NPS was developed by six federal agencies, along with more than 80 experts from the medical, scientific, patient and advocacy communities.

The NPS is the federal government’s first coordinated interagency plan and roadmap to achieving a system of effective, safe, high-quality, evidence-based pain care in America. This improved system of care is critical to reducing the burden of chronic pain, as well as ameliorating the nation’s opioid abuse, overdose and addiction crisis. Now that we have a NPS we need public, legislative, and pain community support in ensuring that the newly released National Pain Strategy (NPS) is implemented in a timely and coordinated fashion.

Studies from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Department of Veterans Affairs reveal that 4 in 10 American adults and 80 percent of veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom suffer from chronic pain, at a cost of more than $600 billion annually (Institute of Medicine, 2011; Lew HL, et al., Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 2009).

Despite this significant toll, plus the fact that pain remains the number one reason that people seek care from a health care provider, our country continues to: invest meagerly in chronic pain research (only 4 cents per patient in 2015); poorly train and educate our health care providers on the proper assessment and management of pain; and provide minimal to no reimbursement for multidisciplinary nonpharmacological pain management strategies – a key recommendation called for in the new CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Implementing the objectives of the National Pain Strategy will change this!

The NPS provides a clear and actionable roadmap that will generate critical population research and health services data; advance prevention and pain care strategies; address disparities in pain assessment and treatment; improve pain service delivery and reimbursement; improve health care provider education and training; and foster public education and communication strategies. Further, the NPS clearly outlines short-, medium-, and long-term goals, identifies key federal and non-federal stakeholders, and recommends strategies to measure impact.

The NPS describes how efforts across government agencies, including public– private partnerships, can be established, coordinated, and integrated to encourage population-focused research, education, communication, and community-wide approaches that can help reduce pain and its consequences and remediate disparities in the experience of pain among subgroups of Americans.

There must be a development of physiological, clinical, behavioral, psychological, outcomes, and health services research and appropriate links across these domains. The NPS assists in improving pain assessment and management programs within the service delivery and financing programs of the federal government. Included in these ongoing efforts is the goal of enhancing public awareness about the nature of chronic pain and the role of self-care in its management.

As a leader in the chronic pain community, Barby Ingle has participated with more than 80 other advocacy groups including PAINS, CPATF and International Pain Foundation joining efforts to make a difference in the lives of the 100 million+ Americans living daily with chronic pain. She contends that we must address the under-treatment and mistreatment of chronic pain patients at the same time as addressing addiction and drug abuse. Both are important and need addressing and we cannot forsake the other.  A PDF of the National Pain Strategy can be viewed online at the following web address:


 Continue to research and keep a positive attitude that relief is possible.

  • Follow chronic pain experts as they publish new findings
  • Get your information organized.
  • Make informed and wise decisions about your treatment plan, doctors, and best hospitals for you.
  • Take your life back from the pain in you, you have to become educated.
  • There is hope for treatments of disease like RSD that are putting patients into remission: new research results and procedures are coming that will assist in patient care on a long – term basis.
  • Journaling or keeping a log is an excellent way of identifying possible triggers, because you can go back and compare what you did prior to a current flare with other previous flares. Just take a few minutes each day to jot down your activities for the day, any new medications or other therapies started, changes to your diet, weather or temperature changes, how and when you slept – anything that could help you pinpoint changes or themes that could account for your flares. (Source: RSD in Me)


Additional interview topics for Expert Guest Barby Ingle:

  • Medical Bills, Medical Billing
  • Waiting Years to Receive A Proper Diagnosis
  • Tips For Negotiating Healthcare
  • Becoming An Empowered Patient
  • Travel Tips For Disabled Travelers


About Barby Ingle

Barby Ingle is a chronic pain educator, patient advocate, and chairman of the board for the Power of Pain Foundation, as well as a motivational speaker and bestselling author on pain topics. She has been a pain patient since developing endometriosis in 1997, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy in 2002. She began mentoring other patients in 2006.  Barby also serves on the board of advisers for CureClick, is a member of SPPAN, and a founding member of CPATF.

Barby Ingle has been featured Nationally on 2015: BrainStormers, Weather Channel 2014: The Talk on CBS; Redbook Magazine 2013: The Doctor’s TV Show, 2012: Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, and the Newlywed Game, Women’s Day Magazine, My First For Women Magazine 2011: ABC’s Smart Family, Sunday Sunrise (07, 09, 10, 2011) airing on 3 CBS stations in Phoenix, “Extra Story” (2010) on AZTV, Ch.3, and AZ Good Morning Arizona, 3 on Your Side, the 9pm News “Big Story” (2009). Patient Mentor since 2006. President, Power of Pain Foundation (2009-2015). Testified at the Department of Defense for the Veterans Administration Disability Rating Committee (10/25/10).

Specialties: Author, Pain Educator, Pain Patient, Motivational Speaker, Patient Advocate

Barby graduated from the George Mason University in 1994 with a degree in Social Psychology and a minor in dance. Barby uses her skills from cheerleading to inspire and motivate patients to be self-advocates and offers tips and tools for patients, caretakers and healthcare professionals. She has also served as a national speaker, author of the Cheertec Coaches’ Handbook; six part DVD Series on cheerleading, RSD in Me!, ReMission Possible; Yours if You Chose to Accept It, Real Love & Good Sex, Aunt Barby’s Invisible Endless Owie, and The Pain Code.

Barby Ingle’s website:

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CONTACT: To schedule an interview with national pain expert Barby Ingle (pictured on cover), call Samantha Mills,  Rachel Wade or Jerry McGlothlin of Special Guests at: 630-848-0750.

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