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What is pain?

How can pain self management skills help you with managing persistent pain?

Persistent Pain can be disabling and frustrating for many people to manage. It can also affect relationships with their family, friends and work colleagues.

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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

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.

So is persistent pain a health problem in the UK?

In the UK the short answer is yes, so you are not on your own. Here are some facts from the British Medical Journal Chronic (BMJ); Pain affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, corresponding to just under 28 million adults, based on data from the best available published studies. This figure is likely to increase further in line with an ageing population.

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

What is persistent pain?

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 have to self- manage on their own in the 8,733 hours left in the year.

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How does pain work?

This video will enable people with chronic pain access to a self-management tool that will help them manage the impacts of chronic pain on their functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and will help in the adherence to pain management plans.

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Around 28 million people in the UK live with long-term pain. Other countries also have similar numbers.

Pete say, many people get stuck in the Pain Cycle as I did, where they become less active, which leads to becoming unfit and increased pain.

Watch the video and see if you recognise yourself in it?

Do you feel trapped in a pain cycle?

If so, ask yourself these three questions:

  • Do you do more on good days and less on bad days? 
  • Are you an over achiever – doing more than you have to? 
  • Are you a people pleaser? Do you have a problem saying NO to others when you are asked to do things? 

Explaining the pain cycle

Do you see yourself in this cycle or answer yes to any of the the three questions?

If you do, then this Pain Toolkit could be for you.

Checkout this video, called the boom and bust cycle and I bet you recognise yourself in it as well.

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Explaining the pain cycle

The Pain Cycle explained by author, Pete Moore. In this easy to view video, topics covered include identifying your pain, tips and suggestions on how best to manage your pain and recommended resources to help and aid with pain self management.

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