Pain BC News

Monday, October 3, 2011
Vancouver Sun
Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

Melissa Schippers once asked her doctors if they could amputate her feet to stop the pain.

Even now, more than a year after her toes, ankles and knees turned suddenly purple, almost black, during the last few days of Scout camp, her doctors can't tell her when the pain will end.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Edmonton Journal
Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

Steve Munsie thought the pain was going to kill him.

Later, he became afraid it wasn’t going to kill him.

Munsie was born with three kidneys — two on his left side and one on his right. He suffers from chronic kidney stones. When he was younger, he produced one or two stones a year.

Today, he produces as many as 30.

There are days he has virtually no pain and there are days the pain is so intense it makes him freeze up in agony.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Calgary Herald

After the accident, Cathryn (Cat) Morgan’s neck felt as if it had been smashed down between her shoulders.

Even now, seven years later, it feels as if her neck is on an angle, as if she’s always looking left — the way her head was turned at the moment of impact. Her left shoulder usually feels as if it’s up around her ear, and she still has that “shoved down” feeling of her neck into her body — that “turtle in the shell” feeling.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Ottawa Citizen
Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

As long as the pain holds steady, Maggie Bristow can function.

She can dress herself; she can tie her shoes and brush her hair. She can make a meal. She can walk more than 30 steps without the pain in her hips crippling her.

But even then, the 51-year-old Ottawa woman can't bear to have her arms or legs touched, and when the pain spikes, it feels as if someone has peeled away her skin, and every nerve ending is exposed. She can't even stand to have clothes on.

"When it gets really bad, you question your continuing existence," Bristow says. "You feel useless."