In Canada, about 20% of adults live in chronic pain. The odds are that you, someone you know, or a family member lives in chronic pain. It would take a novel to properly discuss the mechanisms behind pain, the impact, burden, and management strategies. Therefore, I’d like to share one of my best resources.
Pain BC is a non-profit, volunteer run organization that supports an holistic and integrated approach to pain management. Their resources are BC-based which is adds to their credibility. For those living in chronic pain, the Pain BC website has opportunities to connect with support groups. They also have a self-management section in their Live Plan Be website which helps users learn and connect. This site explains the science behind persistent pain, symptom tracking, and a discussion forum. Another useful section includes resources surrounding self-assessment and action-planning.
One of my favourite parts of the Pain BC website is the Connect for Health section. This portion of the website connects patients with volunteers who can help them manage the following issues:
- Food security
- Child care
The Pain BC website also has a directory for patients to find Pain BC practitioners. As a healthcare provider who has taken one of the Pain BC – Chronic Pain courses, I am glad to see patients able to find a practitioner via this directory. My name hasn’t been added yet, but a request has been made.
In terms of chronic (or persistent) pain, what we know is that it often takes a team-based approach. One treatment rarely addresses chronic pain. However, a multifaceted plan of management, including education, active care, and stress reduction are often useful.
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please let me know.