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


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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Woman sitting on bench at sunset

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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NPAW 2018: There is always a silver lining

November 05, 2018

I am 58 years old and have suffered from chronic pain for more than 35 years. My pain started with sciatica and progressed to full body and joint pain after being rear-ended.

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NPAW 2018: Pain taught me to fight

November 04, 2018

People often ask me if my tattoos hurt, they can see those. That's a pain that goes away, I welcome that pain for the beauty in the end. What you can't see inside me is the chronic unrelenting pain and fatigue I experience on a daily basis. You can’t tell that inside me is a disease that is stigmatized, that it doesn't only affect the elderly or that it can be severe.

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National Pain Awareness Week

National Pain Awareness Week: November 4-10, 2018

November 02, 2018

About National Pain Awareness Week

Chronic pain impacts the lives of 1 in 5 Canadians. During National Pain Awareness Week (NPAW), pain organizations host various events and activities to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of chronic pain in Canada.

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Dr Michael Butterfield

UBC Pain Medicine Residency Program announces new Program Director, Dr. Michael Butterfield

November 01, 2018

"The UBC Pain Medicine Residency Program has met many key milestones since its development starting in November 2011. In 2018, the program achieved accreditation through the Royal College Internal Review and this opens the opportunity for propelling new leadership development. 

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Keith Meldrum IASP

Patient engagement at the IASP World Congress on Pain

October 04, 2018

IASP is an international organization bringing together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translates that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

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Roy Green

Roy Green Show Podcast - Maria Hudspith warns of a chronic pain crisis

June 17, 2018

Over six million Canadians live with chronic pain. For many, the pain is so severe that their lives may sink into depression and suicidal thoughts can become a regular occurrence. One of the struggles that those with chronic pain face is finding suitable doctors and treatment.

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The Star Vancouver

Proposed rules for chronic pain treatments could create ‘crisis’ for patients

June 13, 2018

'VANCOUVER—For Kitsilano resident Leslie Park, managing her chronic back pain means finding a variety of ways to treat her symptoms — even if they might be unconventional.

She often jokingly refers to her local pharmacists, chiropractors and health supplement providers as her “doctors,” who she can go to when her physician isn’t available.

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