The Most
Painful Podcast

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.

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Season One
Episode One

Military Veterans suffer chronic pain twice that of the general population

June 22, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Two

“Is Cannabis an effective treatment for chronic pain?”

July 5, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Three

“How does the "Mission First, Self Last" military culture affect a Veteran's pain management?”

July 21, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Four

"Where do you turn for chronic pain treatment?"

August 3, 2022

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

Season One
Episode Six

"Managing chronic pain and Operational Stress Injury (OSI)"

August 31, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Five

"What do I do when I get out of the Military for medical care?"

August 17, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Eight

"Do psychedelics work for chronic pain?"

September 28, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Seven

"Low back surgery: Is it helpful or not? What else can I do?"

September 14, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Nine

"Does sex and gender impact chronic pain?"

October 12, 2022

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.

Season One
Episode Ten

"How Is Chronic Pain Managed in the United States versus Canada?"

October 26, 2022

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.

Season Two
Episode One

On the ice and in service – Athlete and Military Identity

November 23, 2022

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.

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