Welcome to The Most Painful Podcast! This podcast covers all aspects of chronic pain by presenting evidence-based information that provides better insight into chronic pain. Recent Government of Canada research found that Veterans are twice as likely to suffer from chronic pain compared to others in the Canadian population. We aim to investigate how this impacts Veterans, and their families. We explore topics such cannabis and psychedelics, and do they help treat chronic pain? We also investigate back surgery, military identity and what military and professional athletes have in common with identity. The evidence-based information on the show will help Veterans, clinicians, researchers, and anyone suffering from chronic pain. It is a 360-degree approach to education on chronic pain.Learn more
Many Canadians are living with chronic pain which impacts their quality of life. Studies have shown that Canadian military Veterans are twice as likely to have chronic pain compared to the equivalent Canadian population. In this inaugural episode of the Most Painful Podcast, the host Tom Hoppe will explore this problem with guest Dr. Ramesh Zacharias, CEO and Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Center of Excellence for Canadian Veterans.
People who live with chronic pain suffer greatly and it impacts their quality of life. There are many treatments available and medications that will help people with chronic pain. One that’s been talked about over several years is cannabis. But does cannabis work? Is it effective? To help answer these questions, we’re joined by two guests: Dr. Jason Busse – Research Director at the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans and Bruno Guevremont – Veteran and member of the Advisory Council for Veterans.
When a person gets into the military culture, their identity changes, their mindset changes to mission-first, self-last. How does that impact how they manage and view chronic pain? In this episode of The Most Painful Podcast, we're joined by Dr. Melanie Noel – Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, and Hélène Le Scelleur – Veteran, Recipient of the 2021 Capacity Building Initiative, and member of the Advisory Council for Veterans.
Chronic pain is pain that typically persists for 90 days and can also be associated with with a procedure or injury when healing fails to progress as expected. On this episode of the Most Painful Podcast we discuss inter-disciplinary pain clinics. Our guests are Dr. Ramesh Zacharias – CEO, President and Medical Director at the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans Dr. Brenda Lau – Founder and Medical Director at Change Pain
Research has shown Veterans who suffer with chronic pain may also suffer with an OSI injury. When one suffers from chronic pain and an operational stress injury it can severally impact quality of life and create stress within the family. On today’s show Tom Hoppe is joined by Steve Critchley founder of CanPraxuis a non for profit organization helping Veterans and their families who are struggling with chronic pain and OSI.
Military members have all their healthcare needs taken care of while they are in service, but what happens when the members leave the military? How smooth is the transition to the civilian medical system? especially with a shortage of family doctors? How do veterans navigate the medical system to ensure they get the care they need for service-related injuries? What do civilian clinicians need to understand about this transition to better help their veteran patients? To help answer those questions we are joined by two guests veteran Brad White and Dr. Abhimanyu Sud.
Suffering from chronic pain can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life. Psychedelics are being talked about as a treatment to help people suffering from chronic pain, but does it really work? To talk about the effectiveness of psychedelics I am joined by Dr. Michael Verbora from McMaster University, Bruno Guevremount, a Veteran and consultant to the psychedelics industry and Arron Victory, a Veteran and consultant to the psychedelics.
Research has shown Veterans suffer from chronic pain at twice the rate of the civilian population. Many Veterans and many listeners to this show suffer from back pain, many have asked does surgery help with back pain? Or are there other therapies which may help with back pain vs surgery? To help answer this question I am joined by Dr. Brian Drew.
With so many veterans and family members suffering from chronic pain, how does sex and gender impact the research, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain? We welcome Dr. Stacey Ritz to discuss this.
From our past show, the audience has provided some great feedback on how the information on this show has helped them. We have focused on chronic pain management in Canada, but how is chronic pain managed in other countries? Are the treatments the same? The US VA (United States Department of Veteran's Affairs) has changed their approach to how they manage chronic pain and to talk about this today, we are joined by Retired Sergeant General from the US Army, Eric Schoomaker.
In our first season, we talked to experts on the challenges of military identity on the healing journey for Veterans suffering from chronic pain. Military identity and mindset are important to work in a regimental institutionalized setting. Professional athletes have some of the same identity challenges. In the US, there is a program where professional athletes and Veterans work together to learn from each other’s challenges. What can Veterans learn from professional athletes to help them transition? Today on the show we have Cameron Gaunce who is a professional athlete and has insight into the identity challenges of athletes.
Chronic pain can impact sleep and we have heard from experts that good quality sleep is important for our health. So, if someone is suffering from chronic pain what can they do to get better sleep? To talk to us about this today is Allison Gaudet, who is a physiotherapist who works with people suffering from chronic pain.
Chronic Pain and Mental Health - Part 1 Mental health can impact chronic pain. In the next two episodes, we will be speaking to experts on the connection between chronic pain and mental health. On today's episode, host Tom Hoppe welcomes Fardous Hosseiny, the CEO of Atlas. Fardous Hosseiny shares about what ATLAS is and why it was established, the kind of research are Atlas is involved in, how Veterans are impacted and what resources are available to them. For more on the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families visit https://atlasveterans.ca/
Exploring the connection between mental health and chronic pain. In this and the previous episode, we will be speaking to experts on the connection between chronic pain and mental health. On today's episode, host Tom Hoppe welcomes Dr. Don Richardson - clinical psychiatrist working with Veterans and is currently conducting a research project on the connection between pain and mental health.
Mindfulness can play a key role in managing your chronic pain, specifically when it comes to orienteering your thoughts and emotions during your day to day activities to help manage your health. Today on the show, Tom Hoppe hosts Dr. Rahul Gupta to speak about physical and mental well being.
On today's episode, host Tom Hoppe is joined by Dr. Rob Whitley, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, to speak about the impact the media has on Veterans who suffer from chronic pain. Dr. Whitley also speaks about the role of cannabis in treatment of chronic pain and the lack of knowledge within the healthcare system. Watch the 'Joint Forces: Cannabis Use, Chronic Pain and PTSD among Canadian Veterans' series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKGu0ZIrR7Zy8wcPwM9Qekx2Mx5BqQsfb
No matter what we are doing; eating, sleeping, walking or talking - we are breathing. Our breath is with us at every moment of our life. On today's episode, host Tom Hoppe is joined by Dr. Abhimanyu Sud, who explains the importance of yogic breathing when living with chronic pain. Included in this episode: An ujjayi breath exercise you can try at home.
When someone is suffering from chronic pain, movement has been proven to be helpful in conditioning, recovery, and overall improvement in health. What needs to be considered is what is safe movement and how do you move when you are suffering from chronic pain? We need to make Veterans aware they must change how they approach physical training and that movement may be completely different from the movements they've learned in service. On todays show, Tom Hoppe is joined by Dr. Lindsay Rite, the director of Allied Health at CHANGEPain Clinic in Vancouver.