#livingwithpain Experiment 2016

  • What’s it like to live with chronic pain? It’s often hard for those living with pain to explain, and even harder for someone without pain to understand. As part of National Pain Awareness Week 2016, Pain BC wants to shine a spotlight on chronic pain and raise awareness about this often invisible issue. So join us for the 2nd annual #livingwithpain experiment!

    What's the #livingwithpain experiment all about?

    From November 6 - 12, you can join the experiment:

    1. Clip a clothespin to your ear for 1 hour (or as long as you last!)
    2. Take a selfie with the clothespin on your ear
    3. Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #livingwithpain to describe your experience.
    4. Challenge your friends and family to try the experiment too!

    Why a clothespin? That’s not #livingwithpain!
    We know that putting a clothespin on your ear is not the same as having chronic pain, but we want people to understand just how distracting, frustrating, and debilitating even a tiny bit of pain can be. Using a clothespin on the ear is a common tool for training health care providers to help them understand pain, and it’s been proven to develop people’s compassion.

    Why raise awareness about pain? How does that help?
    The more aware decision makers, researchers, health care authorities, and the public become about chronic pain, the more we can influence funding, policy changes, and improved services for people in pain.

    How can you join in?
    During National Pain Awareness Week 2016, try the #livingwithpain experiment, then post your message and picture on social media. Or skip the clothespin and just share your story about what it’s like to live with chronic pain. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #livingwithpain to tag your post. Most importantly, encourage your friends and family to show their support by trying the experiment.

    Together, we can make pain visible!

    Contact us at info@painbc.ca for more information.

    Share the following link with your friends and family! https://www.painbc.ca/livingwithpain

  • We've put together a summary of this year's #livingwithpain experiment on Storify.

    Check it out, and thank you for supporting us.


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