Research shows that getting involved in managing your pain can have a big impact on your quality of life. Self-management refers to the skills and behaviours that can help you live well with your chronic condition. Self-management doesn’t replace physical therapies, medication, and psychological support, but it’s a big part of feeling better.
There are many ways to self-manage your pain. Explore different options to find out what works best for you. Perhaps you enjoy reading helpful articles and applying what you learn in your own life. Maybe you prefer joining an in-person support group. Whatever you need, Pain BC offers a variety of resources on this website that teach you how to best manage your pain.
How can Pain BC help you self-manage your pain?
Live Plan Be
Live Plan Be is a free online self-management tool for people living with chronic pain. The name is a play on the concept of "Plan B" — the alternative we turn to when life doesn't turn out as planned. It was created by Pain BC in partnership with people living with pain and health care providers. Live Plan Be is funded by the BC Ministry of Health. Live Plan Be is a customizable self-paced program designed to support you in managing your pain, navigating the healthcare system, and moving forward with your life. It is safe, free, and open to anyone.
- Learn about the science behind chronic pain.
- Keep track of your symptoms and their impacts.
- Develop a plan for better pain management and quality of life.
- Connect with a like-minded community of others who live with pain.
Wherever you are on your journey with pain, Live Plan Be offers you the right information and the most effective tools so you can manage your pain in the best possible way. Go to LivePlanBe.
Coaching for Health
Coaching for Health is a free program that supports people in pain to self-manage. Self-management is key to improving your quality of life, but it can be difficult to do. Our coaches provide one-to-one telephone support to help you to learn self-management skills and regain function. Learn more.
Pain Support Line
We know your pain is real. We provide free information, support, and a listening ear to people wanting to talk about their own pain or that of a family member or friend. Our trained volunteers can help you by providing a safe space to talk about pain and its impact on your life; information on community resources including health care, social services and supports, income assistance, transportation, home health support, food security, housing, information about pain and self-management, and more. Learn more.
Pain BC's Pain Waves Podcast
On the Pain Waves podcast, we discuss the latest in pain management tools, trends, stories, and research with a variety of experts, including pharmacists, pain doctors, and physiotherapists, as well as people in pain. You can browse past episodes here.
MyCarePath is a free online tool designed for kids and teens aged 12-17 living with chronic pain. Find the information and tools to help you return to school, spend time with friends, and get back to doing things you love. Go to mycarepath.ca.
Pain BC Toolbox
Feeling overwhelmed? We worked with a group of pain experts to create the Pain BC Toolbox. It’s a resource to get you started on managing your pain. Pain often gets in the way of our hopes and dreams, but it doesn’t have to. If pain has made you feel broken and lost, we can help you get your life back. Don’t give up! We can all make changes when we try things one small step at a time.