Pain support group sought for P.E.I.

Ryan Ross
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Chronic Pain Association of Canada president Terry Bremner

Terry Bremner was nine years old when he started feeling chronic pain that eventually left him unable to put on socks or tie his shoes.

That was 44 years ago, but after several surgeries and a serious car accident, he still struggles to deal with non-stop pain.

His struggles brought Bremner to Charlottetown recently where he gave a presentation about the benefits of pain support groups and the possibility of forming one in the city.

Bremner, who is president of the Chronic Pain Association of Canada, said support groups can help put things in perspective and show what he called “pain people” they are better off than some.

“The bottom line is it’s not so bad. It could be worse,” he said.

Getting that support group up and running in P.E.I. could prove challenging with only six people attending his information session.

No one stepped forward to organize a Charlottetown support group, which was what Bremner hoped to find during his trip to P.E.I.

But those few people at his presentation heard Bremner say that walking through the door into a support group meeting and knowing others are going through the same things helps.

“It’s an energy,” he said.

Bremner shared some of his experiences with pain management and said some people worry about what others think, such as a pain sufferer’s use of opiates or medicinal cannabis.

But Bremner said it’s important to have a few people in their life who know what’s happening.

“Not really worry about the outside people.”

For more information about the Chronic Pain Association of Canada visit

Organizations: Chronic Pain Association of Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown

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  • sufferer 2
    August 05, 2014 - 10:58

    I agree I would love to have known this information before now as well!! I am on a list to go to Moncton to see a pain management specialist as I cannot get in for another year on the Island! I have had to go off Island a total for 4 times the past two years to see Dr's that we cant get into on PEI! Starting to think moving is a better option??

    • Fibro-Chronic Migraine
      August 05, 2014 - 14:34

      I believe the wait for Moncton is long! I went to Mississauga, Ontario in April of 2013, to an amazing Chronic PAIN Recovery Program. The wait was less than a month, the people were so wonderful and highly trained, sadly it is a private Program! It cost more than we had but after so many years of suffering and missing life, we took the jump. IT is a 6-8 week program and I spent those weeks staying at a hotel. We do have medical coverage but that only went so far. It was worth the time away from my family and we dealt with cost. However it is very hard to continue the extent of the treatment you receive once you return home. We just don't have the highly train personal! Plus the costs still continue and not many can afford the upkeep! That said there are so many similar program across Ontario it is amazing, It might be worth your while to look into to them. Best of luck..

    • Fibro-Chronic Migraine
      August 05, 2014 - 14:41

      I also would have loved to attend this, however I didn't hear of it until today! We are a family full of Chronic Pain Suffers, and having a Support Group here would be wonderful. Unfortunately ISLANDERS have to fight for these things or go OFF ISLAND for treatment, I COST is very high to go off Island. I hope that this can happen and the sooner the better,

  • Sufferer
    August 05, 2014 - 10:19

    It's hard to attend a meeting when it's not known. Shouldn't have this article been done before the information session? I would like to see a group setup on the Island aswell, but it would be hard if people aren't motivated to attend.