By Gord Bowes, News staff
Some physical pain may never go away.
But with help, it can be managed, making life a lot easier, says Dale Hall.
Hall knows about pain, having dealt with a chronic knee problem in 1977. Even with various treatments, multiple surgeries and a knee replacement in 2007, he still had aches which kept him from living comfortably or getting a good night’s sleep.
This year, the Niagara Falls resident found out about the Chronic Pain Management Unit at Hamilton Health Science’s Chedoke Hospital.
From taking the four-week program, Hall said, he knows more about himself and the simple changes he could make in his life to ease his constant pain.
“It made me step back and look at how I was,” he said. “You don’t push your way through pain like I’ve always done and pay for it later on.”
The Chedoke pain management program includes time with physicians, physiotherapists, dieticians and other health professionals to help each patient individually.
Staff doesn’t make any promises, says Hall, but what they teach you can help a person on a daily basis.
For himself, one thing he learned was not to let himself get upset and raise his voice. Before the program, he didn’t understand that increased the pain he felt.
Hall said he recommends the pain management program for anyone who is suffering.
“If you have an open mind and are willing to learn, it can make your life easier,” he said.
The week of Nov. 4-8 is Pain Awareness Week. The HHS is holding the inaugural Party for Pain fundraising dinner and silent auction on Nov. 6 at Michelangelo’s banquet centre on Upper Ottawa Street. Money will be used to enhance pain management services at the HHS, including investment in the most current equipment, something that is not covered under government health-care funding.
Tickets are $150 each; see partyforpain.ca for more information.