Pain BC. Changing Pain. Changing Minds.
May 2018 Update
From Our Executive Director, Maria Hudspith 
 
One of the strengths of the Pain BC community is how people pull together to support each other and make change. This spring, we have two fantastic opportunities for you to join us in improving the lives of people in pain.
 
 
We invite you to join Pain BC and our event co-sponsor, Dr. Aniz Khalfan, for a screening of the award-winning documentary, Unrest. The film is directed by Jennifer Brea, who is unexpectedly diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) while completing school and planning for her wedding. ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is an invisible illness that can cause a variety of debilitating symptoms, including chronic pain. This story mirrors the experiences of many people who live with chronic pain - struggle, stigma and loss. Importantly, it also demonstrates the power of hope, resilience and adapting to living with a chronic condition. 
 
Where: The Cinematheque
When: May 29, 2018. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the screening beginning at 6pm.
Tickets: The screening is by donation, or free for those who cannot donate.
 
 

 

 
On June 16th, 2018, Pain BC will host its third annual MOVEment Day fundraiser. MOVEment Day encourages people in pain and their supporters to participate in any form of movement. The goals are to raise awareness and funds to provide practical supports to people in pain across the province.
 
Pain science has shown us that movement has a positive impact for most people in pain. It can improve mood and help increase function. Many people find that it can lessen their pain, or at least make the experience of pain more bearable.
 
We know that it can be hard for people in pain to participate in typical charity sporting events; they are often long runs with big crowds held in the major cities in our province. That’s why MOVEment Day focuses on each individual and their own capacity to move. Whether you choose to walk the dog, swim in the lake, participate in an exercise class or have a dance party with your friends  – it all counts.
 
How can you get involved in MOVEment day this year?
  1. If you live with chronic pain, pledge to MOVE!
  2. Share your ideas, planned activities, photos, and videos for MOVEment Day 2018 on our social media channels using #PainBCMOVEment
  3. Donate to support a Movement Pledger or pledge to MOVE and fundraise!
  4. If you are part of a wellness-oriented business or organization, you can support MOVEment Day by donating or contacting communications@painbc.ca to set up a class or team event benefitting Pain BC.

 
Donations to both the Unrest screening and MOVEment Day are tax-deductible and will directly support Pain BC’s mission to improve the lives of people in pain. Please join us! 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Live Plan Be  Connect for Health
 
Pain BC Webinar | Suffering, Stories and Healing: Narrative Medicine Tools for Health Care Providers 
May 30, 2018 from 12pm-1pm
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Join Katrina Genuis, M.Litt, MD, in a webinar to explore the difference between pain and suffering. Katrina will discuss how focusing on individualized patient care can help health care providers to better understand pain patients, provide them with the tools to be resilient in their particular context, and most importantly, empower them to regain agency and hope.
 
This webinar will provide tools and resources that may be useful for both patients and health care providers.
 
 
Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists 
Workshop Available in Vancouver and Kelowna
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In partnership with RMTBC, this workshop for Registered Massage Therapists provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain as we learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.
 
Sept 30, 2018 - Kelowna Register now
Oct 14, 2018 - Vancouver Register now 
 
Phone-based Support Services for People in Pain 
 
Pain BC's two main support services are Connect for Health and Coaching for Health
 
Our Connect for Health program provides free, non-medical phone support to people in pain. Common issues include housing, disability, employment, food security, child care, and isolation to name a few.
 
Our Coaching for Health program is a referral-based program specifically for individuals 18+ years of age, who have been living with pain for at least 6 months. Our highly trained volunteers provide one-on-one support over the phone to help people in pain with self-management skills, regaining function and improving well-being. 
 
Volunteer Opportunity: Coaching for Health 
 
Article ImageAre you passionate about supporting people living with pain?  Are you interested in learning coaching tools and methods to empower people to make meaningful changes for their health? Our Coaching for Health program is recruiting for volunteers!
 
Training will take place in Vancouver and will span over three weekends on May 26-27, June 2-3 and June 23-24. 
 
Those interested can read the full position description or fill out the volunteer application form.
 
Opportunity for Feedback: Revised CPSBC Standard  
 
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) recently revised their Standard on the Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives. Since the revised Standard does not set limits or absolutes around any aspect of prescribing, we are hopeful that it will encourage physicians to use an individualized approach when treating patients who may require opioids to manage their pain.
 
CPSBC is now accepting feedback from the public on the revision and we encourage people living with pain to read the revised Standard and submit their feedback to the College.
 
 
Chronic Pain Network: Pain Plus Information Service  
A new online resource for evidence-based articles on chronic pain
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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chronic Pain Network (CPN) has created a Pain Plus information service to consolidate recent and high-quality research articles on pain, sourcing more than 110 medical journals. Articles are pre-screened by patients and health professionals for relevance, quality, newsworthiness and general interest.
 
Those interested can sign-up for e-mail alerts to be notified when new articles are posted. Learn more
 
The CPN is also recruiting pain patients and health care professionals interested in screening article content. Find out more
 
Invitation to Participate: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) on Neuromodulation for Pain 
 
Are you living with pain and have experience with a spinal cord stimulator or intrathecal pump? If so, the University of Calgary’s Health Technology Assessment Unit would like to consult with you and/or a family member on key questions related to these devices. Your insight will help to inform a technology review of these devices, as well as the development of patient and family-centred policy options regarding potential government funding for new technologies. 
 
For those interested, please contact Gail at glmackea@ucalgary.ca for more information.
 
UPCOMING WEBINARS: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WWDPI
 
 
 
OPIOIDS, MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS, AND WORK-RELATED OUTCOMES
Jun 7, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
PSYCHOSOCIAL WORK ENVIRONMENT AND RISK OF STROKE
Jun 26, 2018 - 8:30 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
EVIDENCE INFORMED TIPS FOR PHYSICIANS ADDRESSING SICK LEAVE, STAY AT WORK AND RETURN TO WORK
Jul 18, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND WORK: INDIVIDUAL FACTORS IMPACTING EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Jul 26, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
FACTORS AFFECTING RETURN TO WORK AFTER INJURY OR ILLNESS
Aug 9, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. 
UPCOMING PAIN BC AND PARTNER EVENTS 
 
 
WEBINAR | SUFFERING, STORIES AND HEALING: NARRATIVE MEDICINE TOOLS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
May 30, 2018 - 12 pm PT
In this webinar, join Katrina Genuis, M. Litt, MD to explore the difference between pain and suffering.
 
WEBINAR | THE MYOACTIVATION SYSTEM OF PAIN CARE
Jun 7, 2018 - 12 pm PT
In this webinar, Dr. Greg Siren will explain the myoActivation trigger point injection-based treatment modality being used for people living with chronic pain by clinicians at the myo Clinic, BC Children's Hospital, Downtown Eastside Community Health Centre and CHANGEpain clinic.
 
WEBINAR | MYOACTIVATION: A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO PEDIATRIC COMPLEX PAIN CARE
Jun 14, 2018 - 12 pm PT
In this webinar, Dr. Gillian Lauder will discuss myoActivation in the context of her complex pain practice at BC Children’s Hospital, using a case-based approach to highlight key differences in the utilization of myoActivation in children.
 
WORKSHOP | CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR CHIROPRACTORS
This workshop is intended for chiropractors or students of chiropractic interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.
Sept 29, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
 
WORKSHOP| CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
This workshop provides RMTs with an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain.
Sept 30, 2018 - Kelowna Register now
Oct 14, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
 
iCON DIGITAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGY FORUM
May 28, 2018 2-4:30PM
UBC’s interCultural Online Health Network (iCON), a provincial program supported by the B.C. Ministry of Health’s Patients as Partners Initiative, is pleased to host an iCON Digital Health Technology Innovation Forum to showcase technologies that are transforming how patient care is being delivered in BC.
 
 
Pain BC programs and initiatives are funded, in whole or in part, by the Government of British Columbia.
 
In the News
In the News 
 
An article in the Canadian Journal of Pain, which discusses the characteristics and unmet needs of chronic pain patients seen at the CHANGEpain Clinic in Vancouver.
 
A study in which morphine was given to rats post-surgery indicates that the subjects experienced pain for longer, as well as induced a higher reactivity to pain in certain cells.
 
Pain BC recently announced the launch of the BC Pain Research Network, which will bring together researchers from across BC to connect and collaborate with the aim of improving the lives of people in pain.
 
A person in pain tells a familiar story about the internal dialogue she faces when accessing health care services during a time in which the use of opioids for pain management is being scrutinized.
 
The following article shines the light on the results of research which suggests that BC's overdose crisis is primarily fuelled by illicit fentanyl use, and not physician-prescribed opioid medications.
 
 

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