The persistent pain cycle. Do more on good days and less on bad ones? Yes? Then you're probably stuck on the Pain Cycle.

Over 14 million people over the world live with persistent pain and of those, almost one in four said that pain had kept them from their usual activities (including work) on at least 14 days in the last three months. This also included becoming less active and unfit and creating a 'no go' list of things to do.

Explaining The Pain Cycle

Sleep Problems; Tiredness or fatigue? Stress, fear, anxiety, frustration or anger

Sleep problems is one of the most common symptoms, try and avoid napping during the day. You may also suffer from moods and emotions, or side effects from medication. These are all common and you are not alone.

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Fearing the future, depression? Work, money worries, relationship problems?

Negative thinking is common and fearing the future can cause depression or low mood. Time away from work is also not uncommon, which can start money or relationship worries. Its always best to talk about them to friends, family or your GP.

Explaining Depression
The need to learn pain self management skills and using them in everyday activities, is very important. It is certainly not all up to your doctor or healthcare team to manage your pain.Pete Moore, Pain Toolkit
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