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More than a third of the population live with persistent "chronic" pain due to a fault or malfunction in the body's pain system. It is a long term condition and cannot be ‘fixed or cured’.
Traditional medical treatments such as pain medicines are now recognised as having only limited value (and can make pain worse...) Instead, a different way of living with persistent pain is growing in influence. It’s called a ‘self management’ approach. Look at these resources below to get you started!
Learn new ways to live a better, fuller life, despite your pain. These free resources offer tried, tested, and effective ways to develop your confidence to self manage your pain. Includes the Ten Footsteps approach
A public health campaign to change the way we think about, talk about and treat persistent pain. Flippin’ your understanding of pain could change the lives of you and your loved ones forever. It's explains a modern, scientific understanding of pain, and gives knowledge, skills and hope for a better way forward. Check out this introductory video.
Determine the type of pain you have to discover what treatments may be beneficial (Acute, Chronic, Neuropathic, Cancer)
Reconnect2Life is a fabulous interactive programme form Torbay Hospital to help you understand pain, the brain and how to improve your quality of life. There's a number of different modules which can be completed in any order you please
Neuropathic pain comes from problems with signals from the nerves. There are various causes. Traditional painkillers such as paracetamol, anti-inflammatories and opiates (Codeine, Morphine) usually don't help very much and opiates can in fact lead to a worsening of this pain. However, it is often eased by antidepressant or anti-epileptic medicines, used as "nerve calming" medication.
Opioids are very good analgesics for acute pain and for pain at the end of life but there is little evidence that they are helpful for long term pain. We now know that opioids can actually cause your pain to get worse (Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia)! They can also harm you in other ways, including causing falls, fractures, hormone and immune system problems
GPs in this surgery abide by the Faculty of Pain Medicine Guidance which states "If the patient is using opioids but is still in pain, the opioids are not effective and should be discontinued". We will be keen to reassess you and reduce the amount of opioid you are taking, often leading to an improved sense of wellbeing
Pilates for those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis. Gentle strength and flexibility exercises to relieve tension in the body and improve mobility.
Search our A-Z or type in the condition you'd like more information about, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia and many more. Plus the benefits of exercising with arthritis and complementary and alternative techniques
How your back works, causes of pain, when to see a physio or contact your GP and how to best manage your pain
Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists - Busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.
A condition causing generalised pain, tiredness, sleeping problems and poor memory. Medication is usually ineffective. Click here to find out about what help is available locally - "The moving forward wih Fibromyalgia programme". It's fab but you will need to talk to us before you can access it just to check it's right for you.
Scroll down to the interactive guide to learn more about the different types of back pain, get advice on treatment and understand how to prevent back pain in the future.
Practical guidance for people who live with chronic or persistent pain.
NHS Pain Management Programmes (PMPs) help people to live with chronic pain by helping them to learn ways of dealing with the disabling effects and distress caused by being in pain.
This website can help you understand what persistent pain is and offers tips, advice and information to help you self-manage your condition and enjoy a better quality of life.
Pain Concern produce information on pain using a variety of media platforms, support to people with pain and those who care for them and campaign to raise awareness about pain and improve the provision of pain management services.
We are an NHS service, running pain management programmes throughout the year for patients from all over the UK. Our vision is to provide world-class pain management, good health outcomes and excellent patient experience, based on research, evidence and national and international standards.
"It's really important to keep moving your body, if you stay still for too long you will seize up."
Watch this video on Facebook from BBC Lifestyle and Health News in which women with fibromyalgia come together to share their stories and help one another.
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