Learn more about chronic pain
We are here to help you learn more about living with chronic pain.
Chronic pain, or persistent pain, is pain that lasts longer than expected, or feels worse than what is expected based on the underlying injury or disease. Treatment of chronic pain is like treatment of any other chronic disease – you need advice or care from knowledgeable healthcare providers and you need to build skills in self-management.
Help for Pain management
Learn more about managing your pain.
A better understanding of pain and building self-management skills will help you gain control over your pain, which is essential to long-term pain management.
Check out the following resources for information on self-management skills:
Research shows that regular movement is the most effective long-term treatment for pain. But exercise isn’t easy when you live with pain and it takes time to build up your tolerance. If you struggle to start or stick with being regularly active, get advice from a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or exercise instructor.
Check out the following resources for information on physical activity:
Get advice from a physician, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist about the medications you’re taking for pain or other health conditions if you aren’t getting the benefits you want or have unpleasant side effects.
Check out the following resources for information on medications:
Multidisciplinary pain treatment clinics
Assessment and treatment from a multidisciplinary team can help people who struggle with their pain and other associated conditions of depression, anxiety, or substance use disorders.
Check out the following resources for information on multidisciplinary treatment plans:
Mental health and well-being supports
Get advice or treatment from a psychologist, social worker, or online course to reduce the negative impact of pain on your life, and improve your well-being.
Check out the following resources for information on mental health and well-being supports:
Connect with other people living with pain.
Check out the following resources for information on support groups:
Thinking Outside the Medicine Cabinet
Explore these resources on non-drug ways to manage pain
Explore these resources to improve your understanding of pain.
Download handouts to read for understanding pain.
Watch these videos for understanding pain:
Pain in Older Adults
View this series of videos to learn more about pain in older adults.
You are not alone. One in five people in Saskatchewan live with chronic pain.
Everyone who lives with pain goes through a unique journey with the healthcare system, their family, friends, and within themselves. When faced with disbelief or stigma, people who live with chronic pain and their families can feel like they are alone or that no one understands what they’re going through. These stories show the challenges faced, journeys taken, and how people living with pain are fighting back and making pain management better in Saskatchewan.
Alexandria is a graduate student and SaskPain board member who has been given multiple pain diagnoses throughout her life. She has tried a variety of therapies to manage her symptoms: everything from dietary changes to massage and physiotherapy, to medication, meditation, and pain reprocessing techniques. She is sharing her story in hopes that it will inspire others to not stop looking for solutions, and to continue to advocate for themselves until they are happy with the care plan they’ve received. Alexandria’s Personal Story: My name is Alexandria, and I am graduate student researcher specializing in the area of pain. I have lived with pain at various periods throughout my life with a long history of varying diagnoses such as hemiplegic migraines, coccydynia, multiple herniated discs, scoliosis, sciatica, IBS, pelvic pain, and central sensitization. Like so many others, my pain journey has been long and trying in attempts to find relief which, at times, severely impacted my mental health. In 2019, I started experiencing severe pelvic pain; by mid 2020, I had to take a leave from my work and studies to figure out what was wrong as every area of my life was being impacted by my pain. For over […]