The Pain BC blog serves as a space for relevant chronic pain news, events, stories and other opportunities available for people living with pain.


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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Jenny, Pain Support and Wellness Group facilitator and Coaching for Health volunteer

November 10, 2021

There’s nothing like finding a community. It really bolstered me. It gave me hope. It made me feel I have a place in this world.

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Help us improve the Pain Support Line

August 23, 2021

An arm holding a megaphoneAs part of our ongoing evaluation and program-improvement process, we are looking for people with pain to take part in brief, v

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Every Child Matters

Indigenous History Month: Standing in solidarity with calls for justice

June 30, 2021

As an organization, we care about human rights and justice. We know that experiences of pain are intertwined with experiences of trauma. We also know that current and historical injustices create barriers to healing and care.

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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Kari, Pain Support and Wellness Group facilitator and Coaching for Health volunteer

June 29, 2021

I believe I have a very optimistic outlook on life with chronic pain – maybe because this really is the only life I have known. I feel that this is what makes me unique to helping others who live with chronic pain and are looking for support to manage it.

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Dr. Wesley Buch: Saying thank you to an incredible Pain BC Board member

June 23, 2021

It’s a bittersweet time for Pain BC as we thank Dr. Wesley Buch for six years of service and commitment as a Pain BC Board member.

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Pain BC joins Canadian Pain Task Force in calling for action on chronic pain

May 05, 2021

Health Canada has released the final report from the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF), An Action Plan for Pain in Canada. The plan lays out recommendations for targeted actions necessary to improve outcomes for the nearly eight million Canadians living with chronic pain and to reduce pain’s impact on families, communities, and society.

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Patient partner co-publishes new international Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children

March 29, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published new Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children and, for the first time, appointed a patient partner – Justina Marianayagam – to a Guideline Development Group (GDG) responsible for its development.

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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Laurel, Pain Support and Wellness Group facilitator

March 23, 2021

As a volunteer facilitator, I feel validated and that I have purpose in my life. People have so much to share and everyone’s story is different, but the one thing we have in common is chronic pain.

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The role of health care provider empathy in treating people with pain

March 13, 2021

Over the past 10 years my own understanding of pain has evolved greatly. Most importantly, it has grown to view the patient as a whole person and to recognize that pain, despite the wordy definitions, is a human experience that is unique and individual. As such, it requires health care providers to take a 30,000ft view and attempt to better understand the person as more than just their pain condition.

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Partnering for Pediatric Pain Virtual Conference

Pain BC sponsored conference, Partnering for Pediatric Pain, to be held virtually on March 5, 2021

March 02, 2021

Pain BC is proud to partner with BC Children’s Hospital on Partnering for Pediatric Pain, a one-day virtual symposium on pain in pediatric hospital care on Friday, March 5th, 2021.

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Why we give: Drs. Najam Mian and Kshitij Chawla

February 28, 2021

Drs. Najam Mian and Kshitij Chawla are physiatrists and pain medicine specialists who, in addition to co-founding the Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute, dedicate their time to supporting Pain BC’s mission. Najam is the Clinical Hub Team Lead for Pain BC’s BC ECHO for Chronic Pain and Kshitij is a member of the Pain BC Board.

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Addressing chronic pain and overdose in the trades

January 15, 2021

The overdose crisis has taken the lives of more than 6,500 British Columbians and more than 17,000 Canadians since 2016. Many of those who have died have several things in common: they were mostly male, a significant number worked in construction and supporting industries, and more than half were living with physical pain.

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Government of Canada revises and accelerates Canadian Pain Task Force mandate

January 15, 2021

The dual public health crises of COVID-19 and the overdose crisis continue to significantly impact people who live with pain in Canada. It’s in this particularly urgent context that we welcome the news that Health Canada has fast-tracked and strengthened the mandate of the Canadian Pain Task Force.

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Two advocates with pain co-author toolkit on neuropathic pain

January 14, 2021

Two patient advocates living with chronic pain who have teamed up to create a new Pain Toolkit for Neuropathic Pain. The new resource is specifically designed to support people living with neuropathic pain with self-management tips and recommendations, and help health care professionals initiate and guide self-management conversations with patients.

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BC patient advocates working to improve global pediatric pain care

December 15, 2020

Two patient partners from Squamish, BC, Zach and Isabel Jordan, played a critical role in the development and publication of the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Commission on Delivering transformative action in pediatric pain.

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