National Pain Awareness Week 2016

On November 6 to 12, Pain BC held a #livingwithpain experiment to shine a spotlight on chronic pain and raise awareness about this often invisible issue.

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  1. Participants were encouraged to clip a clothespin on their ear to symbolize the feeling of chronic pain, and then post a photo using the hashtag #livingwithpain.

    Using a clothespin on the ear is a common tool for training health care providers to help them understand pain, and it has been proven to develop people’s compassion.
  2. It’s often hard for those living with pain to explain, and even harder for someone without pain to understand. We know that putting a clothespin on your ear is not the same as having chronic pain, but we wanted people to understand just how distracting, frustrating, and debilitating even a tiny bit of pain can be.
  3. Pain BC tweeted Pain Facts throughout the week to help raise awareness.
  4. Quite a few of you participated in our #livingwithpain experiment—thank you!

    Local groups including the CHANGEpain Clinic, Spinal Cord Injury BC, and the Cassie and Friends Society shared their photos.
  5. #livingwithpain experiment. 1 HR with a clothespin hanging off my ear. Ouch. I found myself shifting it for comfort. Those with chronic pain don't have that luxury www.painbc.ca/livingwithpain for more
    #livingwithpain experiment. 1 HR with a clothespin hanging off my ear. Ouch. I found myself shifting it for comfort. Those with chronic pain don't have that luxury painbc.ca/livingwithpain for more
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