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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.
The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.
Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.
Chronic pain is just that-chronic and likely to be with you for the rest of your life. Doom and gloom all round we hear you say! Yet the truth can be and often is somewhat different as with the right treatment,support and your own determination to live your life to the full so much can be achieved.
Getting good advice and support at an early stage is critical. Often a call to the Action on Pain ” PainLine” provides a good starting point as taking that first step is often the hardest part of your journey. There is so much you can do whilst living with chronic pain. If you have not done so already why not take that first step? Good luck!
Do you have chronic pain, pain that has lasted for six months or more? If so, this is the place for you!
We offer chronic pain support for all those with long-term pain. The PainSupport website will help you move forward in your life with better chronic pain self-management, with or without drugs or treatments. The techniques and chronic pain support will allow you to live a fulfilling and meaningful life, despite having pain.
Chronic Pain affects around 1 in 7 of the UK population
Despite these overwhelming statistics chronic pain remains one of the most under-funded services within the NHS. Trying to get effective treatment for chronic pain can often be lengthy and frustrating leaving those affected feeling helpless.
There is very little evidence that opioids have a role in long-term pain management. Sometimes, opioids can actually cause your pain to get worse! This is called “Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia”
GPs 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
This leaflet explains other long term side effects and provides a guide to weaning off these medications
Determine the type of pain you have to discover what treatments may be beneficial (Acute, Chronic, Neuropathic, Cancer)
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.
Although this is the website for the Somerset Community Pain Management Service, which is only available to people living in Somerset, it contains a wealth of valuable resources you may find useful.
Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists - Busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore this 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.
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.
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.
Practical guidance for people who live with chronic or persistent pain.