It is estimated that one in five British Columbians live with chronic pain. Pain can be a daily unwanted companion brought on as a result of surgery, injury, illness and sometimes even from an unidentifiable cause. If you or someone you know is living with persistent pain, then you realize that it is complex and difficult. Getting pain under control may require a multitude of things such as physical therapy, counselling and in some cases, medications.
People living with pain can also be struggling with immense loss; of perhaps their work, confidence, mobility and simple enjoyment. It comes as no surprise that they are, in turn, more likely to fight depression. It takes a lot of resiliency to live with chronic pain and living with someone experiencing this can be equally as difficult.
It is important to know that you are not alone in coping with pain or caring for someone that is. Being connected to others that understand can make the world of difference. Pain BC is a collaborative non-profit organization consisting of people living with chronic pain, industry leaders and health care providers. They strive to provide tools, support, community connections and education for people grappling with ongoing pain and for those close to them.
Pain BC hosts several programs that are self-referred and free of charge; such as Connect for Health, Coaching for Health and Live Plan Be. Each of these programs offers advocacy, education and management tools.
You can find out more by visiting www.painbc.ca or calling 1-844-880-PAIN
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