Senate Holds First-Ever Pain Hearing

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held the first-ever hearing on chronic pain. The hearing was a follow-up to the Institute of Medicine report on chronic pain, “Relieving Pain in America,” issued June 29, 2011. Senator Tom Harkin is chairman of the HELP Committee and he chaired the hearing. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attended the hearing and asked questions.

The CFIDS Association is a founding member of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) that was instrumental in getting the Senate’s attention on this important issue that affects 116 million Americans. CPRA leader Christin Veasley delivered powerful testimony and skillfully participated in the discussion that followed prepared statements from five witnesses. The Association submitted testimony for the record prepared by Jennifer M. Spotila, J.D., former chairman of the Board. News about the hearing was carried by several news agencies, including ABC News. Some of the coverage is listed below.

The hearing was webcast live and is archived for on-demand viewing at

ABC World News:
KATU-TV (Portland):
“Women’s Chronic Pain Misdiagnosed, Undertreated, Dismissed,”ABC News Radio (Feb, 14, 2012)


“Congress Holds First Hearing on Chronic Pain,” American News Report (Feb. 15, 2012)
“The High Cost of Pain: Medical School Dean Testifies on Problem to U.S. Senate,” SCOPE (Feb. 14, 2012)
“Women’s Pain,” WJBF-TV (Feb. 14, 2012)
“Senate Hearing On Sweeping Problem of ‘Pain in America,’” WBUR (Feb. 14, 2012)

Other Coverage:

“Not Just Us,” Occupy CFS blog by Jennie Spotila (Feb. 15, 2012)

March 5, 2012