Chronic pain is a common disease, which can be difficult to manage. A survey by the world health organisation indicates the prevalence of chronic pain to be in the range of 20% to 30% worldwide1.
Chronic pain can have an impact on both your general health and psychological health as well as affecting those around you, such as your family and friends. Due to the many different causes of chronic pain treatment options are diverse. There tends to be no single technique, which is guaranteed to produce complete pain relief.
Chronic pain is often associated with other symptoms, these may include4:
- withdrawal from activity, with increased needs to rest
- weakened immune system
- changes in mood such as hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety and stress.
There are no proven, comprehensive treatments in primary care for patients with medically unexplained symptoms3. NHS treatment options2 may include:
- Painkilling drugs
- Pain management programs
Our team are always happy to help or give advice, if you are suffering with aches and pains please feel free to call for advice. Do not forget we always offer a FREE 30 Minute Consultation to all, with no obligations.
- 1. Gureje O, Von Korff M, Simon GE, Gater R. Persistent pain and well being: a World Health Organization Study in Primary Care. JAMA. 1998;280:147-51.
- 2. NHS choices. (2012). NHS help on offer for people with pain. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pain/Pages/Longtermpain.aspx. Last accessed May 2013.
- 3. Smith RC, Lein C, Collins C, et al; Treating patients with medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jun;18(6):478-89.
- 4. WebMD. (2012). Pain management: treatment overview. Available: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/cause-treatments. Last accessed May 2013.
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