Learn healthier ways to approach pain



December 3-7, 2018









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"10 Things to Start Doing Now to Master Your Pain"


A week-long Free Virtual Summit full of info-packed content from some of the world’s leading experts on pain management and surgical interventions.

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(a $99.50 value)!


Do you have chronic or persistent pain?

Join other persistent pain sufferers at the PAINDEMIC SUMMIT to build back your life with tools and tips for mastering your own pain.


Are you a healthcare practitioner?

The PAINDEMIC SUMMIT is for you too!

Join your esteemed colleagues and learn innovative approaches and best practices to enhance your patient care and elevate the quality of your pain care.




  • The single most important question to ask your physician before choosing surgery
  • Alternatives to the conventional disease-illness paradigm
  • Psychological and social impacts of pain and how to address it
  • Practical and non-invasive solutions to manage pain
  • Tools to live beyond chronic pain and suffering
  • How to set expectations for treatment outcomes
  • How to practice informed decision-making
  • Why very few health professionals are trained in pain
  • Neuroscience and the power to change pain from the inside out
  • Establishing patient/physician treatment goals
  • Mind-body strategies to offset the health impacts of stress and anxiety


3 Pain Physicians & 3 Orthopedic Surgeons

Kevin Cuccaro, DO

Anesthesiologist & Fellowship-trained Pain Physician

Founder, StraightShotHealth.com


Melissa Cady, DO

Anesthesiologist & Fellowship-trained Pain Physician



"The Challenge Doctor" 


Amy Maher, MD

Anesthesiologist & Fellowship-trained Pain Physician

Integrative Pain/Wellness Practice

David Hanscom, MD

Orthopedic Complex Spine Surgeon

Author, Back in Control

Blogger, BackInControl.com


Ian Harris, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon-Researcher (Australia)

Author, Surgery: The Ultimate Placebo


Peter Buecker, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Mind-Body Medicine PhD

Author, No Magic Pill

Founder, Mindpointe.com

There is Hope...

When patients and clinicians do not understand the nuances of pain or the consequences of unnecessary interventions, then an opportunity for relief and healing is often lost.

You have the power to change your own pain.

Your story does matter—you deserve to be heard.

The PAINDEMIC Summit will share with you how to advocate for yourself so that you can make smarter pain care decisions.


...It's Time for the PAINDEMIC SUMMIT.



Dr. Melissa Cady, the "Challenge Doctor"

Melissa Cady, D.O. is an osteopathic physician certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. She often writes about and presents on various health and pain-related topics.

Dr. Cady can relate to her own subject matter, as she has endured and managed her own persistent pain. Her strong desire to overcome it has made her a passionate patient advocate for optimizing health through rational means while minimizing excessive and unnecessary medical interventions.

Dr. Cady is the founder of PAIN OUT LOUD, an online community of pain challengers and pain professionals. She’s also the author of PAINDEMIC: A Practical and Holistic Look at Chronic Pain, the Medical System, and the antiPAIN Lifestyle.

As the founder and host of the PAINDEMIC SUMMIT, Dr. Cady will engage each expert in a thoughtful discussion about interventions and pain care.

Day #1: Ian Harris, MD

"Surgery: The Ultimate Placebo"


Day #2: Kevin Cuccaro, DO

"What is Pain Really?"


Day #3: Peter Buecker, MD

"Painful Parts Can Reflect a Painful Life"


Day #4: Amy Maher, MD

"Helping Patients Do Their Good Work"


Day #5: David Hanscom, MD

"What are We Really Operating On?"

Frequently Asked Questions

This unique opportunity to hear from surgeons and fellowship-trained pain physicians is FREE for the public because we believe that pain has reached such epidemic proportions and that, to combat this crisis, there is a need for more accessible, free resources.

All PAINDEMIC SUMMIT attendees will receive a daily video link via email released each day of the five-day event, from Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th starting at 7pm CST. You will receive email reminders for each day with access links to the first-ever PAINDEMIC SUMMIT portal.

These videos are pre-recorded and thus will not have live questions and answers. However, engagement and questions are encouraged. If you have any comments or questions, please email Dr. Melissa Cady at dr@challengedoctor.com.

Every attempt will be made to respond by personal email, group email, or video post for the benefit of everyone who is struggling with their own pain or trying to help others who are suffering.

This summit will be accessible online by mobile device or desktop computer, which have access to the internet.

Disclaimer: The information furnished via the PAINDEMIC SUMMIT is intended to provide educational information with perspective from physicians who recognize the dire need for better education in light of the struggle by many with pain. The summit is for informational purposes only and shall not be construed as medical advice. The identification or listing of products, services, links or other information on the website(s) or any linked website does not constitute or imply any warranty, endorsement, guaranty, sponsorship, affiliation or medical advice by any of the physicians. Any health-related decision you may make on the basis of any information found within this PAINDEMIC SUMMIT is your sole responsibility. None of these physicians are acting as your personal physician. Please speak with your personal physician or other health care provider regarding your own health concerns.


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