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The goal of Pain BC’s Live Plan Be discussion forum is to provide people living with pain an online place to connect, exchange ideas, learn from, and support one another in order to better manage their chronic pain and improve their quality of life.
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I’m travelling to Peru soon and I’m curious if I can take my lighter with me. Back here in the states, they’ve already given a leeway when it comes to lighters. They allow one lighter per person inside the airport. I want to know if this applies to the airport in Peru too. They might not allow me to take my lighter with me when I travel back to America. If anyone could help me, I would really appreciate it.
On May 9, 2017, British Columbians will be heading to the polls for our next provincial general election. What does this have to do with chronic pain? Elections are the perfect opportunity to let candidates know about the kinds of issues, ideas, and needs that their constituents face – and chronic pain impacts more than 20% of our province!
This is a crucial time for us to mobilize and raise our voices about chronic pain, because elections are the best time to ask for candidates’ support if they get elected. At our Provincial Pain Summit in February, Pain BC heard a clear call for a Provincial Pain Strategy to tackle the unique challenges of those with chronic pain. We want to ensure the treatment, support, and services are put in place to relieve this burden, but this can’t be done without the proper funding and government support. You can help too!
We’re reaching out to MLAs and candidates to ask them to support this Provincial Pain Strategy and to ask them to ensure that proper pain care is available in local communities. We’re urging you to support this call by asking your candidates the following two questions:
How do I take action?
There are a few ways in which you can do this: reaching out on social media, talking to candidates, writing them letters, and more! We have letter templates and all you need to get started on the Pain BC website.
By raising our voices, together we can change pain in BC! Click here to get started and let us know what you're doing!
There is a great video summary of our 2017 Provincial Pain Summit on YouTube. Watch it and let us know what you think!
Daily movement is vital to improving the quality of life for people living with pain. However, many of us have limitations and can't participate in a typical 5km run or walk style fundraiser. That's why, for the 2nd year, we're inviting you to participate in our fun, inclusive, health-focused MOVEment Day on June 11, 2017.
If You Live With Chronic Pain, Pledge to MOVE!
Any physical activity - as long as it's safe and approved by your medical team - can be highly beneficial for chronic pain. You can pledge to go for a gentle walk, play a game with a friend, do some light gardening, go for a swim, or even host a pyjama dance party, like participants did last year!
There is no cost to making your pledge; you're simply signing up to participate.
MAKE YOUR MOVEMENT PLEDGE NOW
Share your movement pledge in the forum!
Welcome to Live Plan Be
Hi @Jess87, thanks for sharing your story so honestly. We're so sorry to hear about your accident and please don't feel alone—there is a community of people across BC who can support you and, as @KarenH has said, understand what you are going through.
The first thing we always ask people on Live Plan Be is: Have you seen a pain specialist? If you live in the Lower Mainland there are chronic pain clinics in Vancouver and Surrey. There can be a wait list but seeing a specialist for your pain is a good place to go if you are finding yourself at a wall.
It seems like you are already seeing a lot of specialists—that's great! If you are looking for some more support for the day to day, we have a list of support groups on our website. Our Facebook page is really active, and of course, please keep posting here on the Forum.
And thank you, @karenh, for sharing your insights and some tips on what has worked for you. Great idea about the lacrosse ball! We have heard that a tennis ball works too. Take care, both of you, and let us know if we can provide any more resources or tips for you.
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Hi @JakeTheElephant and @Victoria66, We hear you! Living in poverty makes living with pain so much harder. There are a number of anti-poverty organizations that are working on advocacy to try to raise welfare and disability benefit rates in BC.
You can also contact our Connect for Health program to ensure you are getting access to all the financial supports you are eligible for, or contact the Disability Alliance of BC which has some helpful fact sheets on this topic.
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