The Waterloo Region Chronic Pain Initiative

Cannabis Fair and Education Workshop – Tuesday May 8

The seventh workshop of the Waterloo Region Chronic Pain Initiative will be on Tuesday May 8, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Click here for more information
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The Canadian Pain Society – Annual Scientific Meeting May 22-25, 2018

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“Beyond Reports” Forum on December 8, 2017

Ellen and Ken represented the WRCPI at this forum presented by Wellbeing Waterloo Region. Charts were created to display how chronic pain, chronic illness and disability affect our region. Click here to read more …

1 in 5 Canadians struggle with chronic pain

Pain is invisible.

People with chronic pain often:

  • feel misunderstood;
  • feel alone in their suffering;
  • find that their pain is questioned by family, friends and/or medical professionals.

Chronic pain:

  • is pain that doesn’t go away after three months;
  • may be intermittent (occurring on and off);
  • may vary with intensity during the day, weeks, months or years;
  • may be persistent;
  • may result from a known cause (such as surgery or injury) or as a consequence of a disease process (such as rheumatoid arthritis).

Many times the cause of chronic pain is unknown.

Two of the major, non-cancer types of chronic pain are:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain

People who take an “active” role in learning and practicing coping behaviors tend to experience less:

  • Social Isolation
  • Psychological Shifts
  • Work/Career Shifts
  • Self-redefinition