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Free Seminar on Shingles in Lithonia Aug 19

Posted Jul 31 2009 11:47am
The Patchwork of Hope NetworkTM (P.H.N.), together with a local quilting group and local physician Anthony Grasso, M.D., a pain management specialist at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. and affiliated with Wellstar Health System, will host a free interactive seminar on shingles and after-shingles pain, or postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) at the Lou Walker Senior Center on Wednesday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Together the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Pain Foundation (NPF) are spreading the word about PHN through the P.H.N. program. This often debilitating condition can affect not only those suffering, but their family and friends as well.

The campaign, which consists of six educational events throughout the year and across the country, will give attendees the chance to hear presentations about shingles and after-shingles pain, meet others affected by after-shingles pain, and contribute to the P.H.N. quilt. For more information, visit www.AfterShingles.com. This campaign is made possible with support from Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Approximately 1 million Americans will develop shingles each year, particularly those who are 50 years of age and older with weakened immune systems. One out of every five will go on to develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) or after-shingles pain. PHN results from nerve damage caused by the shingles virus, and for many the pain is often debilitating and can causes feelings of isolation.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19
10 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE: Lou Walker Senior Center
2538 Panola Road
Lithonia, GA 30058
(770) 322-2900

WHO: Dr. Grasso, a pain management specialist at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. and affiliated with Wellstar Health System, will discuss shingles and after-shingles pain and ways to cope with after-shingles pain. A patient will share her personal experience with after-shingles pain and John Sebby, of the NPF, will discuss additional resources for dealing with the condition. The event will be emceed by Christine Harding, of the NCOA.
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