Pain BC. Changing Pain. Changing Minds.
May 2017 Update
From Our Executive Director, Maria Hudspith
Daily movement is vital to improving, and maintaining, our quality of life. When you're living with pain, it might seem counter-intuitive to exercise. Will it make the pain worse? Will I injure or re-injure myself?
The science is now definitive. For the vast majority of people living with chronic pain, movement is a good thing. It improves mood. In can increase function. Many people find that it lessens their pain. For others, it can make the experience of pain more bearable.
It's not easy to overcome the fear of movement when you're in pain. It's a deep-seated belief for many of us, and one that's been ingrained by years of ill-informed opinion. This isn't to say that we don't need to be careful; moving mindfully is the key to getting going and maintaining wellness.
On June 11th, Pain BC will hold our second annual MOVEment Day fundraiser. We know that many people in pain can't participate in a typical 5km run or walk style events. These fundraisers often take place in major cities, excluding those who live around our beautiful province. No matter where you live, or what your physical abilities are, we invite you to participate in our fun, inclusive, health-focused MOVEment Day on June 11, 2017.
Last year, we were inspired by the range of activities people did on our first MOVEment day: biked, swam, held a dance party with their cats, did gentle yoga and more. This year, we're eager to see what creative ideas our community has in store. Walking the dog, light gardening - it all counts!
There are a few ways to join MOVEment day:
2) Support Pain BC with a donation or support a specific "pledger" with a contribution
3) Mobilize your friends, family or colleagues to move together.
Funds raised will go directly to our education and support programs for people in pain. Please join the Pain BC MOVEment and help us improve the lives of people in pain in BC! 
Live Plan Be  Connect for Health
Travel Assistance for Those Needing to Get to Healthcare 
Resources for Alleviating Costs Associated with Getting to Medical Treatment

Massage Therapy
Did you know that there are two resources available to assist those in financial need with getting to medical treatments outside of their communities? 
Hope Air: Free Flights for Canadians in Financial Need
If you're in a smaller community in BC and need to get to treatment to Vancouver, or even to other parts of the country, and you're struggling with the cost of travel, Hope Air can help. Anyone who needs financial assistance with getting to an appointment can apply for a flight. Hope Air doesn't give grants but arranges free flights in partnership with commercial airlines and volunteer pilots. You can find out more on their website. 
Travel Assistance Program (TAP BC)
The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) helps to reduce some of the transportation costs for eligible B.C. residents who have to travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community. The program is coordinated by the Ministry of Health and various transportation partners who agree to waive or discount their regular fees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply on the TAP BC website 
Ask the Expert with Physiotherapist Jeff Jukes on June 1
Learn More about MOVEment Activities for People with Pain 
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To get you inspired for MOVEment Day 2017 and for ideas on the types of activities and gentle movements that are appropriate for people with pain, join us for our latest Ask the Expert session on the Live Plan Be Forum.
Jeff Jukes, a physiotherapist with persistent pain experience, will be live from 2:30-4:30 PM PST June 1, 2017 to answer all of your questions. Participants can ask Jeff questions and receive answers in real time - in an online chat format. If you want to ask Jeff your movement-related question, make sure you register for your free account on Live Plan Be. Then, log in from 2.30pm - 4.30pm on Thursday June 1, so you can ask questions in the typed Q&A! 
Don’t have a Live Plan Be account yet? It's easy to create one:
  1. Click “Create Account” in the top right-hand corner of
  2. Follow the prompts and create your username and password (your username can be anything you like if you want to stay anonymous).
Remember that this is a typed Q&A, not a webinar or video chat. You'll be able to read the Q&A without a Live Plan Be account, but to ask your questions and chat live with Jeff, you'll need to sign up and post them here. Not able to participate? You can still catch up on the Q&A any time after the event has passed.  
This Ask the Expert is just in time for Pain BC's MOVEment day. Read more about how you can get involved and make your MOVEment pledge here: 
Research Shows Prolonged Opioid Use as Common Post-Surgical Complication 
US Study Explores Use of Opioids Post Surgery
A recent study, based on US data from 2012-2014, suggests that roughly 6% of previously opioid-naïve patients kept using opioids more than 3 months after their surgery. This prolonged opioid use was deemed to be the most common postsurgical complication. 
The study (titled New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults) compared minor, major, and non-surgery groups and found that 5.9% of the minor surgery group filled an opioid prescription between 3 and 6 months compared to 6.5% in the major surgery group. In comparison, only 0.4% of the non-surgical group filled an opioid prescription within the same 3-6 month timeframe.
The study also found that patients who were given an opioid prescription in a month before their surgery had almost twice the odds of persistent opioid use post-surgery. Because of the minimal difference in percentage between minor and major surgery in terms of opioid prescription filling, the study authors concluded that it was possible that patients’ continued use of opioids after surgery may be for reasons other than the intensity of the post-surgical pain. The authors also concluded that prolonged opioid use after surgery may not just be a consequence of inadequately controlled pain.
You can see the full study here and read a review of the study (including clinical implications) by Dr. Lindsey Rite.
Research Participants Needed for Immersive Multimedia Study 
Updated Study Includes all Cancer Patients with Chronic Pain
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UBC and SFU are looking to recruit cancer patients with chronic pain to test the use of an immersive multimedia experience in their own homes. The equipment and training will be provided, and in appreciation for your time, you’ll also receive a fee for your participation.
Immersive multimedia experiences have been shown to benefit individuals from a range of clinical settings, including patients experiencing acute pain. They may also help reduce chronic pain by changing the pain modulation system within the central nervous system and altering pain signal pathways. The study will explore if these technologies can help cancer patients who are experiencing chronic pain. 
To see if you’re eligible, take a look at the study recruitment poster. Please contact Project Manager Crystal Sun (UBC School of Nursing) if you are interested but unsure if you qualify, need more information or if you have any questions about the study. Phone: 604-822-7679
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Centre for Addictions and Mental Health
Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
Dr. Bertram discusses the prevelance of chronic pain amoung indigenious people and the increased burdens they endure due to inequity and misrepresentation they face when seeking help. Learn More
Monday June 19, 2017, 4:00 pm PST, 7:00 pm EST 
Dr. Claire Ashton-Senior Lecturer, Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute
This webinar highlights the social ramifications of chronic pain, and raises awareness of steps clinicians can take to manage the social consequences of chronic pain. Register Now
Jul 5, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Dr. Diane Gromala-Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology, Simon Fraser University
This webinar features Professor Diane Gromala, a technology expert who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades. She will discuss the potential of diverse technologies and interaction design in helping to improve the lives of people with long-term chronic pain. Register Now.

Mindfulness for Cancer Survivors Living with Chronic Neuropathic Pain
August 8, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Patricia Poulin, Ph.D., C.Psych. - Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist, The Ottawa Hospital, Pain Clinic
Dr. Poulin will discuss recent research on the role mindfulness can play in managing pain intensity, pain catastrophising, and depression for cancer survivors living with chronic neuropathic pain. Learn More 
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. 
June 1, 2017 2.30pm to 4.30pm
eff Jukes, a Physiotherapist in Vancouver with persistent pain experience will be available live on the Live Plan Be forum to answer all of your questions. 
June 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This webinar, lead by Registered Acupuncturist Scott Livingstone, is a chance for curious health care professionals to "Ask an Acupuncturist" any burning questions about acupuncture for people in pain.
Register Now
June 11, 2017 ALL DAY
Join us for our 2nd annual fun, inclusive fundraiser, no matter your location or physical ability. Pledge to move or donate on behalf of a pledger. 
September 22-24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 1:00pm
Join BC Children's Hospital Department of Psychology, UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and Anesthesia, Pain BC and the Arthritis Society for an educational day on best practice pediatric complex/chronic pain management. Includes a free public talk on Friday September 22. 
Oct 20, 2017 - 9:00am to Oct 21 2017 - 5:00pm
This workshop is for Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex and chronic pain. 
Oct 21 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
This one-day, in-person workshop for Registered Massage Therapists will provide knowledge and practical skills to better treat clients living with persistent pain.
In the News
In the News 
The next big wave in pain treatment might come in the form of light waves—green light, in particular.
Doctors are still trying to understand the complexities of how we feel pain, which can make it hard to treat.
A new animal study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, suggests that sleeping more and drinking coffee rather than taking analgesics can help reduce the intensity of chronic pain.
Investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin suffered from back pain for years and decided to look into the world of back pain treatments.
"This is not just a story about me, but a story that many pain warriors live through on a daily basis. I know because I talk to many of them often."

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