Chronic Pain

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One in four. 

That’s how many Canadians—an estimated 7.63 million in total—aged 15 or older who are are living with chronic pain. 

The proportion is even higher among people 65 and over: one in three.

While we’re learning more about what might be happening when someone has pain with no obvious cause—no visible injury or damage that can be detected by existing scans or tests—there’s a lot we still don’t understand about what causes chronic pain.

And unfortunately, while there are treatments that can help improve quality of life for people who are living with persistent pain, these aren’t always easy to access, even in a country with supposedly universal health care.

You can find out a bit more about how our understanding of chronic pain has evolved, and some of the strategies that can help people who have it in this Good Times health feature: ‘Chronic Pain’.

My heartfelt thanks to the interviewees who so kindly shared their stories and expertise:

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