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


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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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 Support and Wellness Groups logo

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. Naj 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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