Twenty eight million people in the UK suffer from chronic pain but there are lots of ways you can get help. This page looks at how to get help for your pain.
“Community pharmacists are well placed to offer patients a service to help manage their pain.”
28 million adults in the UK suffer from chronic pain and many patients feel their pain is not adequately controlled. If you need help or just have questions your local pharmacist is a good place to start. Your local pharmacy is perfectly positioned to help people with chronic pain. Your pharmacist can offer you an assessment and help you develop an action plan with realistic goals.
If you are suffering with chronic pain then you can visit your G.P.
Click here to see some advice from Pain Support on preparing for your GP appointment. Your GP will discuss your pain with you and carry out an examination.
Your GP may:
If appropriate, your GP may suggest ways for you to stay active, which can help ease pain and improve your general wellbeing.
There are lots of self-help advice available from a variety of organisations such as:
Charities that specialise in particular medical conditions, such as arthritis, may offer more targeted support.
If you are struggling to manage your pain, ask your GP for a referral to a specialist pain clinic. At the clinic they may recommend the following treatment options:
Some patients that attend a pain clinic may be offered a pain-management programme (PMP). The aim of a PMP is to improve quality of life and these sessions may include: