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Often, chronic pain is an illness in its own right, due to a fault or malfunction in the body's pain system. You may have a painful diagnosed condition such as arthritis or diabetes nerve pain. Or, you may have a painful condition that medical science doesn't fully understand, such as long-term back pain.
Whatever the cause of your pain, it's important that doctors and other clinicians take you and your pain seriously. That's because pain is a complicated, hard-to-treat problem, and the answer may not necessarily always be stronger and stronger painkillers.
Reconnect2Life is an 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
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 with 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.
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.
Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists - Busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back
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.
Practical guidance for people who live with chronic or persistent pain.
With the right guidance and support, most people with can recover without the need for medical help.
Persistent pain (sometimes called chronic or long-term pain) is described as ‘pain that continues for three months or more and may not respond to standard medical treatment’. It can knock you for six and be frustrating to manage. The good news is there is usually lots you can do to help improve your quality of life. Click for tips and advice.
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.