Suffering from Chronic or Persistent Pain?
As someone who ran a successful pain management program for a leading charity, I saw lots of people who had given up on the medical approach – often just told there was nothing that can be done: ‘ just get on with it!’ Many people had been prescribed strong opiate medicines, which at least caused lots of nasty side-effects, many finding it difficult to get off. With unhelpful descriptions like: ‘its bone-on-bone’ do not help either. When ‘Pain Gets On Our Bus’, we find it difficult to get on with our normal daily living activities. As human beings, we all have needs which we need to fulfill to maintain our emotional well-being. If not it leads to increasing negative stress (as we ruminate everything that is wrong), This negative stress amplifies the pain signal, which in turn reduces even more what we can do day-to-day. Most people develop poor sleep, put on weight, and develop long-term health problems. Over 60% of the people referred to the project had an earlier depression and or anxiety diagnosis.
Mary, a Nurse, hurt her back lifting a heavy patient into bed and had to give up the job she loved. She was prescribed codeine and referred for some physio, which helped a little but nobody explained to her how she could rehabilitate herself back to work or able to carry on with her normal social and domestic activities. Having an active and sporty outlook, it wasn’t surprising, therefore that she developed anxiety and depression.
Well, there is usually lots of things that can be done to help you to get your life back, but unfortunately they are not likely to be available on the cash-strapped NHS. If I asked you: ‘would you be satisfied if you could reduce your pain by at least fifty percent!’ What would be your answer! Of course, the aim is to get it much lower – and importantly – put you back in charge.
To achieve this kind of result, a number of techniques over a relatively small number of sessions would be put together, with each session building on from the last one, until you feel you are where you need to be to get on with your life. In addition to what I can offer, I also have contact with a range of other specialists in pain management who too can offer help you might otherwise not have been aware existed.
I am always willing to chat with you about your painful condition and there is absolutely no obligation to come and see me, and I will gladly signpost you to something more helpful if you wish.