Persistent pain (chronic or long-term pain) is; Pain that continues for a period of 3 months or more and may not respond to usual medical treatment.

It can be disabling and frustrating for many people to manage. It can also affect relationships with their family, friends and work colleagues. There are so many things that you can do to help self-manage your pain with the support of your healthcare team, family, friends and work colleagues.

How Does Pain Work?

So is persistent pain a health problem in the UK?

The short answer is yes, so you are not on your own. Here is a worrying fact from the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition; Over 14 million people live with persistent pain and one in four said pain had kept them from usual activities (including work) on at least 14 days in the last three months.

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Why do I need to manage my pain? I see my healthcare team, aren’t they supposed to do that for me?

It has been said that people with health conditions (including persistent pain) may spend less than 3 hours a year on average in contact with members of their healthcare team. They manage on their own in the 8,733 hours left in the year.

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People with persistent pain were more likely to be anxious or depressed - 69% with severe pain are worried about their moods.Chronic Pain Policy Coalition
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