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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The Globe and Mail

B.C. doctors can’t limit opioids or discriminate against pain patients: College

June 06, 2018

'British Columbia doctors treating patients with chronic pain will be required to prescribe opioids without limiting dosage or refusing to see patients who are on the medication that has come to be associated with illicit overdose deaths.

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Unrest: Film Screening

Unrest: Film Screening

June 01, 2018

Join Pain BC for a screening of the documentary Unrest, in which a PhD student shares her story of being diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and the difficulties she experiences in managing the chronic illness.
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Pain BC

New research network aims to bolster pain research in British Columbia

April 16, 2018

Researchers from around British Columbia are coming together to expand pain research in the province. Today, Pain BC announced the launch of the BC Pain Research Network, which brings together researchers from across the province to connect and collaborate with the aim of improving the lives of the one-in-five British Columbians living with pain.

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cmaj news

Chronic pain associations struggle to raise awareness of “silent epidemic”

March 28, 2018

'Little has been written about the infrastructure in Canada’s health care system to support Canadians struggling with chronic pain. There’s a good reason for that, according to Maria Hudspith, executive director of Pain BC.

“There is no health care infrastructure for people with chronic pain,” she said.

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The Georgia Straight

Opioid refugees: How the fentanyl crisis led to a backlash against doctors that's leaving people in pain

March 17, 2018

'David Reid’s body has taken a few blows over its 68 years. In 1992, he was in a bad car accident that left him with a severe concussion. This affected his balance and led to a couple falls down stairs. Last July, Reid had a knee replacement. He has problems with the muscles in his neck and upper back. Degenerative discs in his spine often cause pain.

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Pain BC

How the new opioid prescribing guidelines risk patient care

March 02, 2018

'Since the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) announced changes to the opioid prescribing standards on June 1, 2016, health care providers and people living with pain have raised concerns about how the new policy may have a damaging impact on the treatment of chronic pain in this province. 

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cmaj news

“Complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers” — the stigma of living with chronic pain

February 20, 2018

'Early on an August morning in 1986, after a night without sleep, 16-year-old Keith Meldrum slid low on his seat and dozed off. He was alone, behind the wheel of a Plymouth Duster. The big, steel car missed a corner on the rural highway and rolled end over end. After the car came to a stop, Meldrum stumbled out and collapsed near the Duster’s rear bumper.

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Pain BC

Letter to the Editor: It begins with pain

February 07, 2018

'Perry Kendall is correct when he says that "we are going to have to think more broadly" about our response to the overdose epidemic (B.C. Health Officer Calls For Greater Focus On Opioid Crisis, Feb. 1).

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