Supporting Someone Living With Pain During a Pandemic

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It is estimated that 38% of adults in the UK are living with pain. Whether it is arthritis, fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, or one of the many other conditions that can cause it, living with pain is a massive issue around the world. Ongoing pain can be debilitating and massively affect the quality of life and day-to-day living, even with the normal support that is available. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, life suddenly became even more challenging for many people living with pain.

Living Life in the Lockdown of Chronic Pain

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By Becky B Lockdown is not a new phenomenon for those who live with chronic pain. Living with chronic pain means you live your life in various forms and degrees of lockdown – both in normal times and during a pandemic. Pain prevents you from doing the things you love to do, going to the places where you want to …

NICE Draft Consultation on Chronic Pain

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5th August 2020 Pain UK welcomes the NICE published consultation on their DRAFT guideline for the management of chronic primary pain. Pain UK will be working with its members to respond to NICE. We understand that people who live with chronic primary pain may be concerned by some of the headlines around the draft guideline, we will be sending out …

Finding Fulfilling Work Whilst Living With Pain

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This article was written by our member Astriid Living with the struggles of chronic pain can affect every single aspect of your life. For those who haven’t experienced it for themselves, there can often be a real lack of understanding as to just how debilitating such an experience can be. As such, it isn’t surprising that much of this uncertainty …

Making medicines safer for everyone – the Yellow Card Scheme

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Many of us take medicines every day, to ameliorate symptoms, to treat and prevent disease. Medicines are essential for many people, unfortunately there is no perfect medicine, all medicines can cause unwanted side effects (sometimes called adverse drug reactions), in some people. Many side effects are mild, but some can be serious and even life-threatening. The more information we have …

Surviving Pain: The Early Days

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An Interview with Antony Chuter, Chairman of Pain UK An invisible illness, chronic pain is a condition that is currently affecting around 43% of the United Kingdom’s population, but is scarcely discussed and seldom accorded the recognition it deserves. What’s more, there are around 8 million adults living with pain that is moderate to severely disabling, yet shockingly, this chronic …

Benefits information for patients suffering from pain

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Matthew Jay of Camden Citizens Advice Bureau and Great Ormond Street Hospital has kindly provided Pain UK with the information within this document to give insight to the benefits system within the UK. The document outlines the various benefits that are available accompanied with an explanation for what they are. This is intended to be an informative document for those who wish to learn …

Could music therapy help you cope with pain?

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I became interested in exploring effective pain management strategies because of my own experience of long-term pain due to a genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome. During my training as a music therapist at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, I began considering the possibility of using music therapy to help:  listening to music provides an alternative stimulus that can help draw …

Recognising endometriosis is the secret to early treatment

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We hope that none of our readers will have daughters/grandaughters with endometriosis.  Perhaps this piece from Endometriosis UK will help you to recognise the problem if it arises in a girl you know. Whilst the majority of endo diagnoses are made in adult women, it is becoming apparent that, endometriosis is a disease of adulthood that has its onset in adolescence.  …

Get “text donations” sent to you for free by JustTextGiving

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Recently, our trustees have been asking if there was any need for our charity to have a ‘giving’ page for people who want to raise money from friends and relatives when they do a run/climb/swim/ride, etc.  The cost of setting up such a page, and the on-going costs of each donation had put us off.  Then we learnt of two CHEAP/FREE on-line fundraising …