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Learn to Manage Your Chronic Pain

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  • J. Nnaemeka Onwuta, M.D

    J. Nnaemeka Onwuta, M.D

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Barrington, IL- Long-term or chronic pain affects an estimated 86 million Americans. Chronic pain can take a physical, financial, and emotional toll on pain sufferers and their family members. If you or a loved one is living with chronic pain, join us at our next event of the fall lecture series, Learn to Manage Your Chronic Pain, on Tuesday, November 20 from 6:30 -- 8 PM at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington.

The event will feature guest speaker, J. Nnaemeka Onwuta, M.D., board certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain management specialist with Advocate Medical Group. Dr. Onwuta will discuss various aspects of living with pain, its causes, as well as, management techniques and coping mechanisms.

Physical pain is complex and varies from one person to the next. According to Dr. Onwuta, "there are many treatment options for pain -- medications, therapies, and mind-body techniques. Depending on the location and type of pain, you may consider using a combination of these treatments."

Research over the past 25 years has shown that pain is influenced by emotional and social factors. These factors need to be addressed along with the physical causes of pain. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing and meditation are vital to managing chronic pain. If natural remedies are not enough, you may consider acupuncture, steroid injections, or medication. At the lecture, Dr. Onwuta will discuss the benefits and potential side effects of each treatment option.

Learn to Manage Your Chronic Pain is the second of three events in the 2012 Fall Lecture Series. All lectures are FREE to attend and will be held in the Prairie/Meadow rooms at Good Shepherd Hospital. A light meal will be provided. Register for this event by calling 1.800.3ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code 3G74 or go to and click "I need a class or support group" and type the class code into the keyword box.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is ranked highest in Illinois for quality and patient safety according to BlueCross BlueShield and exists to serve its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital: Shield's 2011 Blue Star Report™. Advocate is a faith-based organization