Pain Support Line Volunteer

Reflections from a Pain Support Line volunteer

March 20, 2020

“I am exhausted and hopeless.” This is just one of the many discouraging statements I hear regularly from clients who contact Pain BC’s Pain Support Line to seek advice, resources or even just a listening ear.

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Canadian Pain Task Force Update: March 2020

March 20, 2020

In spring of 2019, Health Canada established the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) to recommend an improved approach to pain care, education, research and data monitoring in Canada.

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COVID-19 news and resources for people living with pain

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming and isolating, but please know that you're not alone. During this time, Pain BC is committed to continuing to do what we’ve always done: working towards a future where no one is alone with pain. 

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Elder Kathryn McCooeye

Providing equitable pain education and support for Indigenous peoples

March 13, 2020

Chronic pain impacts people of all ages, genders and from all communities, but when pain is complicated by trauma and systemic racism, effective health care can become particularly difficult to access.

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Canadian Pain Task Force national public consultation

Pain BC welcomes launch of national public consultation on chronic pain

February 27, 2020

Pain BC applauds the launch today of a national online public consultation on chronic pain by the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF). The consultation will inform the Task Force’s work, including a report to Health Canada in June 2020 that will outline elements of an improved approach to pain in Canada.

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Sarah Sandusky

Why I give: Monthly donor Sarah Sandusky

February 18, 2020

Sarah Sandusky is a Pain BC board member who first found out about the organization while providing a job reference for a former colleague. While she didn’t know about Pain BC at the time, Sarah was no stranger to the devastating effects chronic pain can have on a person’s quality of life, having lived with pain for nearly a decade.

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Dr. Judy Dercksen

Providing sustained pain mentorship and support for underserved GPs

February 14, 2020

Dr. Judy Dercksen works as a general practitioner in Quesnel, BC. With a population of less than 30,000 people in the city and surrounding area, Quesnel doesn’t have many of the specialized health services available in big cities.

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Chronic pain events and resources in the Elk Valley

January 20, 2020

Upcoming events

No events are scheduled a this time. 



Pain education

Tame the beast

Start slow, go slow. You need to practice a lot.

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Eileen Davidson

Patient advocacy spotlight: Eileen Davidson

January 09, 2020

Eileen DavidsonAt the young of 29, Eileen Davidson was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic illness which is the leading cause of long-term disability in Canadians of working age.

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British Columbia Pain Collective

The Pain Revolution

December 19, 2019

The following blog post was written by Rebecca McDonald, B.Sc., M.O.T., who is the co-founder of the British Columbia Pain Collective, a community of health care professionals to advance the understanding of pain neuroscience, rehabilitation and recovery. 

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Federal action on chronic pain

2019 Canadian Pain Task Force update

December 17, 2019

This past spring, Health Canada established the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) to identify and address the barriers that prevent people with persistent pain from receiving the care and treatment they need. The Task Force released its first report in June, which assesses the current state of chronic pain care, education and research in Canada and highlights the profound impact of chronic pain on Canadians.

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Keith Meldrum

Patient advocacy spotlight: Keith Meldrum

November 19, 2019

Keith Meldrum is no stranger to living with chronic pain, which he developed after being involved in a car accident nearly 34 years ago. Although his injuries eventually healed following years of surgeries, his pain persisted without a clear cause. It was only in 2005, nearly 20 years following the accident, that he was diagnosed with neuropathic pain while receiving treatment from an interventional pain clinic.

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Alberta Pain Strategy

Alberta announces provincial pain strategy

October 30, 2019

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Pain Society of Alberta, HELP Alberta's Pain, and the Alberta Medical Association Section of Chronic Pain recently announced the Alberta Pain Strategy at the 13th Annual Alberta Pain Society Conference in Banff, Alberta.

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Pain BC's new free-to-access programs

Pain BC's two new free-to-access programs for people in pain

October 17, 2019

Pain BC has launched two new free-to-access programs this month for people living with pain in communities across BC.

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Chronic Pain Management Pathway

This pathway was created by the North Shore Division of Family Practice and provides a brief overview of steps you can take to manage your pain and improve your function. The form is meant to be completed in collaboration with a health practitioner and should be used as a tool to ensure a person's health care team have accurate, up-to-date information about their pain management. 

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