Opiods

Pain UK response on Opioid use in the UK for people living with pain

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In reaction to the recent statement from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, it is Pain UK’s position that opioids remain a vital class of medicines to mitigate pain when their use is appropriately monitored by healthcare professionals and patients. Additionally, there is a requirement for up to date education about opioids’ potential risk to health. Download Position Statement …

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 …

Medical Cannabis

Pain UK: Position on medicinal cannabis 16/11/18

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On the 15th November 2018, Pain UK trustees attended a pharmaceutical company sponsored debate on the use of medicinal cannabis. The event included clinical, regulatory and pharmaceutical experts. Pain UK attendance was in the context of the UK government’s recent decision to reschedule cannabis products1 and interim NHS clinical guidance enabling specialist doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis2. It is evident that there is significant debate as to the clinical …

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 university staff to adopt your charity

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Marfan Syndrome UK have developed a great relationship with Stirling University Staff.  Why not find out if a university near you has any sort of support for charities?  From a poster in the common room about a challenge, to being a charity that students raise money for on ‘rag day’ – once you have made the contact, this can be a year-on-year source …

The Pain UK Call to Action

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Today, on the 14th July 2015, the Chairman of Pain UK delivered 651 letters addressed to each member of Parliament, at the House of Commons. This was done to introduce the MPs to some of the issues that people who live with or in pain deal with on a daily basis. We included the Pain UK Call to Action. The Call to Action is …