UNMASKING CHRONIC PAIN
Jacques Laliberté knew little about chronic pain until he had a snowboarding accident, at the age of 58. His life, as a young retiree and former GM of a subsidiary of a major oil company, was turned upside down. He was forced to slow down, and many things he once enjoyed became impossible. But with treatment and careful pain management, he managed to gain back one of his great passions—playing tennis.
BREAKING THE TABOO
More than 1,500,000 people suffer from chronic pain in Quebec…
Are you one of them?
Help the AQDC break the taboo?
It’s not always easy to admit you suffer from chronic pain, but keeping it to yourself can be evern harder.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) has recognized chronic pain as a disease since 2004. This scourge affects 24% of Quebec women and 20% of Quebec men, or 1.5 million people. In Canada, it is estimated that costs generated by the utilisation of health care ressources and the productivity loss exceed 6 billion dollars per year. In the 18-55 age group in the United States, back pain alone generates more disability and is more costly than cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes and AIDS combined.
(Cousins et al, 1995/Loeser, 1999.)
GUY CARBONNEAU, AQDC AMBASSADOR
“Having myself suffered from chronic pain for nearly 10 years, until I had my hips replaced, I understand very well the daily lot of people suffering from this disease. This is why I invite you to read this special section and become a member of the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) [Quebec Association for Chronic Pain]. It’s important and it’s free!”
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Our mission is to improve the condition of persons suffering from chronic pain and to reduce their social isolation. We want to increase our members’ accessibility to various therapeutic treatments aimed at relieving chronic pain.
To date, only primary care is available to our patients within a reasonable period. Unfortunately, most patients suffering from chronic pain must wait several months before getting an accurate diagnosis or receiving dequate
treatment for their pain.