Persistent Pain

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.

How can pain self management help?

Persistent Pain 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.

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.

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.

Interactive Learning

How Does Pain WorkThis 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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Pain Toolkit Workshops, run by Pete Moore

Run by Pete Moore. The Pain Toolkit workshops are for healthcare professionals and people who live with persistent pain. The full and half day workshops are delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment and incorporating time for questions and discussion.

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