Persistent Pain

The Pain Toolkit's Pete Moore says Chronic or long-term pain is pain that continues for a period of 3 months or more and may not respond to usual medical treatment.

The Persistent Pain Cycle

Do you do more on good days and less on bad ones? If you answered 'Yes' then you're probably stuck on the Pain Cycle. Did you know that over 14 million people over the world live with persistent pain?

Of those, almost one in four said that pain had kept them from their usual activities (including work) on at least 14 days in the last three months. This also included becoming less active and unfit and creating a 'no go' list of things to do.

The Persistent Pain Cycle
Sleep Problems; Tiredness or fatigue? Stress, fear, anxiety, frustration or anger? Sleep problems is one of the most common symptoms, try and avoid napping during the day. You may also suffer from moods and emotions, or side effects from medication. These are all common and you are not alone.

Fearing the future, depression? Work, money worries, relationship problems?

Negative thinking is common and fearing the future can cause depression or low mood. Time away from work is also not uncommon, which can start money or relationship worries. Its always best to talk about them to friends, family or your GP.

The need to learn pain self management skills and using them in everyday activities, is very important. It is certainly not all up to your doctor or healthcare team to manage your pain.

Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit