Chronic pain patients

Our knowledge and understanding of pain evolves with the work of researchers, healthcare professionals, but also, very importantly, thanks to the contribution of the many pain patients who share their experience and solutions.  Many documents are available for those who want to learn more about pain.   


My Tool Box - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Workshop website:

My Tool Box is the MUHC's award-winning Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and the only Stanford-licensed CDSMP program on the island of Montreal.

My Tool Box is a free 6-week program for patients with chronic disease, designed to teach people the skills they need to develop to live well with chronic health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, asthma, arthritis, hypertension and MS. This fun, practical and interactive program emphasizes coping strategies and practical skills.

My Tool Box was developed at Stanford University to help people with chronic diseases and is now offered in several languages throughout the world. Trained volunteers who have chronic diseases facilitate the workshops for others. More than two decades of research shows that My Tool Box can make a real difference. People who complete the workshop may feel less fatigue and pain, and often have fewer emergency room visits or hospital stays. Many also find they have more energy and better coping strategies, and feel greater confidence when communicating with health care professionals.

Learn more on the mytoolbox poster, flyer, information sheet or contact them directly:

In Montreal: 514-934-1934 extension 71585, ou visit the workshop website : 

Elsewhere in Quebec: 514-355-4198, toll-free 1-855-230-4198 or by email

Association québécoise de la douleur chronique The mission of the Quebec Chronic Pain Association - Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) is to improve the condition and reduce the isolation of people suffering from chronic pain in Quebec.  All the information in this section was taken from the AQDC website,

Pilot project: 1-855-douleur hotline

(Currently only available in French). If you have questions about pain, you can call 1-855-DOULEUR (1-855-368-5387) on Tuesday and Wednesdays 9 h to 12 h and 1PM to 4:30 PM. You can also leave a message outside of these hours, and a resource person will return your call.   More information.

Support groups

Support groups are available for people suffering from chronic pain to offer much needed moral support.  These groups are available for people with chronic pain to provide emotional support to those in need. These meetings focus on listening, sharing experiences and information. They are free and confidential.

To learn about upcoming meetings, you can view the  AQDC news section and the pain portal calendar. If the AQDC does not offer a support group in your area, you can contact them to have your name added to their waiting list.  As soon as enough people sign up, the Board of Directors will consider the requests to create a support group near you. 


The Association québécoise de la douleur chronique maintains a documentation centre which contains information about:  (note - these links will bring you to the AQDC website, in a new browser window)

Pain, I'm taking charge! - Workplace wellness program

The Pain, I'm taking charge! program is a corporate well-being program for people suffering from chronic pain. It was developed in cooperation with Pfizer, and has been offered to companies since Fall 2006.

The program includes a section for company managers and another for employees, as well as informative documents.

The program is based on the following objectives: 

  • To improve the quality of the employees’ lives;
  • To reduce the absenteeism rate;
  • To increase productivity;
  • To reduce the company’s health expenses.

For more information, contact the AQDC.

Videos and other resources

The AQDC collects, since 2008, instructional videos and expert conferences on their website.  We also invite you to visit the AQDC website for testimonies and more useful resources about pain.  AQDC membership is free and open to all persons interested in chronic pain.  

The programme ACCORD - Application Concertée des COnnaissances et Ressources en Douleur

Programme ACCORDThe Programme ACCORD (Application Concertée des COnnaissances et Ressources en Douleur), which ended in 2015, aimed to improve the condition of people suffering from chronic pain and the quality of care they are offered.  The awareness education committee of the Programme ACCORD published a series of informational fact sheets for pain patients.  

Vivre avec la douleur

Vivre avec la douleur (pdf, 227k )
Living with pain

Pour en finir avec le stress

Pour en finir avec le stress (pdf, 227k )
Chronic pain and stress

Méditation et yoga

Méditation et yoga (pdf, 227k )
Meditation and Yoga

Vaincre l'isolement

Vaincre l'isolement (pdf, 227k )
Don't face pain alone

Sexualité : douleur chronique et vie intime comment concilier les deux

Sexualité : douleur chronique et vie intime comment concilier les deux (pdf, 227k )
Chronic pain and sexual intimacy are not mutually exclusive!

Nutrition et douleur chronique

Nutrition et douleur chronique (pdf, 352k) | Nutrition and Chronic Pain

L’activité physique pour diminuer la douleur… essentielle au traitement ! (pdf, 317k) | Physical activity is an essential component of your treatment plan

La psychologie aussi peut aider...  (pdf, 132k) |  Psychology can also help

La douleur chronique: la reconnaître et la traiter (pdf, 90k) | Recognizing and treating chronic pain

Adopter de bonnes habitudes du sommeil (pdf, 260k) |  Establishing healthy sleeping habits

Contrôler sa respiration pour soulager sa douleur : une solution à la portée de tous (pdf, 120k)

Gérez votre énergie pour mieux contrôler votre douleur (pdf, 141k) | Managing your energy to control your pain

Quand les émotions s’en mêlent... (pdf, 122k) | When emotions run high

Comment parler à votre médecin (pdf, 127k) |  How to talk to your doctor

Tout ce que vous devez savoir sur les médicaments contre la douleur (pdf, 123k) |  All you need to know about pain medication

Pour La famille et les proches : comment aider sans s’oublier (pdf, 247k) | For family and friends: help out, don't burn out!