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Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain is pain that persists despite medical treatment. This pain lasts for a long time (generally more than 3 months) although each person experiences pain in a different way.

It’s not always easy to find out the cause of this pain and it can reduce a person’s quality of life. However pain management treatments and services can be used to manage pain and restore quality of life. Approximately 1 in 7 people in the UK have chronic pain.

What Causes Chronic Pain?

People can develop chronic pain following a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. For example, following an accident, nerve damage (following surgery), arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis and ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) .

Sometimes it is not easy to identify how the pain started and what caused it. It is often difficult for people to understand why they are still experiencing pain.

Local Help and Support

If you are experiencing chronic pain you can access support and advice from a number of local and national organisations, including your local GP .

Newcastle’s Chronic Pain Management Service aims to help people with persistent pain to reduce the level of pain they experience.

Alternative therapies or treatments may also be of interest such as:

Useful organisations

Action on Pain are a national charity providing support for people affected by chronic pain, either as a sufferer or a carer/relative. They offer a dedicated helpline, support groups & a range of information publications. They also have a wide range of online resources to help people manage their pain.

Patient Information Centre has a range of easy to read mental health self help guides available to download for free.

Your Equipment Newcastle has product catalogues that may help you with your daily living concerns, including: cutlery, garden tools and getting in and out of the bath.

Pain UK provide a signposting service for people in pain where help is available.

Healthtalk has a section on Chronic pain

Last updated: August 6, 2021