Pain BC and Canadian Pain Society applaud Canadian Pain Task Force Report calling for national action on chronic pain

July 18, 2019

Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Society welcome the first report by the Canadian Pain Task Force, released to the public today by Health Canada.

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Brian Warriner

Remembering Brian Warriner

June 25, 2019

Brian Warriner was an esteemed anaesthesiologist and a long-time advocate of pain management. He played an instrumental role in the development of our organization. Michael Negraeff, a Pain BC Co-Founder, shares a few words on the legacy Brian leaves behind in his recent passing.

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Pain BC Executive Director announces launch of local Pain Support and Wellness Groups

June 20, 2019

Starting this fall, Pain BC will be launching Pain Support and Wellness Groups in communities throughout the province. These in-person support groups will offer an opportunity for people living with persistent pain to learn more about pain self-management while connecting with others in pain, offering mutual understanding, and sharing knowledge and coping strategies.

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Comparison of an undiagnosed vs diagnosed journey

Undiagnosed pain: One woman's journey of hope

April 29, 2019

The “tip of the iceberg” is an analogy I've used many times. Pain is much like the underbelly of an iceberg, with the most impressive and sizeable mass invisible below the surface.

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Najam Mian

BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Dr. Najam Mian, Clinical Lead

April 23, 2019

Our new BC ECHO for Chronic Pain will be led by Dr. Najam Mian, a physiatrist and pain medicine specialist. Najam has a breadth of experience in pain management, from completing a 5-year residency in physiatry, to becoming the first trainee to complete the new Pain Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto.

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Maria Hudspith, Executive Director, Pain BC

Pain BC Executive Director to co-chair newly established Canadian Pain Task Force

April 03, 2019

Health Canada announced today that Pain BC Executive Director, Maria Hudspith, has been appointed to co-chair the newly created Canadian Pain Task Force along with Dr. Fiona Campbell, President of the Canadian Pain Society and Anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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Claire Snyman

CMA Patient Voice: New patient advisory group to provide patient and caregiver perspective on key health issues

January 25, 2019

Claire Snyman was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumour in 2010 after a sudden onset of vertigo, headaches and dizziness and quickly found herself navigating the complexities of the health care system.

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Maria Hudspith

Highlights of Pain BC's work in 2018 and what's to come in 2019

December 27, 2018

This past year, Pain BC has focused on helping people understand the role of untreated pain in the overdose crisis. We’ve also focused on the development of key programs to support and empower people in pain and to provide education end engagement opportunities for health care professionals and researchers.
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Preventing chronic pain

Prevention & Early Intervention Resources

Pain at the time of injury is called acute pain and is normal. It’s your body’s warning system alerting you to harm or danger. 

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NPAW 2018: We are pain warriors

November 10, 2018

Once upon a time I was healthy and so happy. Then a Thai elephant named Alan, an unnamed mosquito and I spent quality time together in a jungle and wham bam ma’am: I have malaria, amebic dysentery, parasites and endless migraines. 

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NPAW 2018: Pain is not something I asked for

November 09, 2018

Pain is not something I asked for; it appeared out of nowhere and refuses to go away. I developed chronic pain in 2009 after a shoulder injury that required surgery. However, instead of relief, I was left with constant pain. My burning back felt as it was stuck in a vice grip that was getting tighter.

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NPAW 2018: The battle continues

November 08, 2018

My name is Joelle and I live in Penticton, BC. I was diagnosed with Chronic Intractable Cluster Headaches 15 years ago. After a very long period of time visiting doctors, incessant testing, accusations and a generally very difficult period in my life I met the man, a doctor, who I believed to be my saviour.

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NPAW 2018: We can't give up

November 07, 2018

What is it like to live with chronic pain? It’s a progression that shakes your world right down to the very foundations of who you are. Living with chronic pain is a life-altering event, right up there with marriage and divorce, the birth of your first child, and the passing of your parents.

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NPAW 2018: It's one foot in front of the other

November 06, 2018

I’m 54 years old and a grandmother. My pain started due to the wear and tear of my life, but got much worse once I finished menopause. I was previously diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but during the last and final cycle I had at least 6 cysts burst in my ovaries and ended up in the hospital.

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