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Group Pain Consultations

GROUP PAIN CONSULTATIONS at CENTRAL SURGERY

The next meetings are Thursday 27th February 2020, then Thursdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 2020.

You can book by contacting our Pain Administrator Dorothy Mulvain at the surgery – phone 01914554621 or email centralsurgery.enquiries@nhs.net. Book promptly!

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This is a group meeting to help and support people with chronic or persistent pain.

Chronic or persistent pain is as defined as “pain lasting more than 3 months that does not respond well to medication.”

Most people with chronic or persistent pain are on or have tried opiate medication such as codeine, tramadol, morphine or oxycodone and ‘nerve pain modifiers such as gabapentin or pregabalin.

WHO WILL THE GROUP DO?

Chronic pain is a long-term condition where education, building networks, teaching practical skills and building care plans can make a difference; that has been our experience from running two preliminary pain groups at three different GP practices.

DOES IT WORK?

This is a new venture for us, but the evidence is that this type of group work helps people to manage their pain better. The agenda will be set by you but we also have useful information to share. Many of those that attended a previous group have reduced, stopped or changed their pain medication or taken up new ways of managing their pain.

This is not a ‘magic bullet’ for managing your chronic pain but it could help you to feel more in control of your pain and make a big difference to your life.

Quick Resource Guide

The practice pain site is at painnet.org.

There is some brilliant stuff here about pain and links to several helping sources or organisations.

Central Surgery, South Shields NE34 7QD.

Tel: 0191 455 4621. Web:centralsurgerysouthshields.nhs.uk

 

Why do I have persistent pain?

Pain is complicated. It’s partly due to damage in nerves, muscles and other tissues, but pain can continue even when the damage repairs. We think that the mind has a big part to play and learns to continue the pain, rather like the ‘phantom’ pain someone has after an amputated leg; the leg has gone but the mind still registers the pain. We also know those other things that ‘prey on our mind,’ such as family pressures, illness, anxiety, depression, past experiences of injury and poor sleep ‘dial-up’ our pain rather than ‘dial it down. Understanding this helps to look at other things to reduce chronic or persistent pain.

Have a look at the brilliant video about persistent pain on our patient site PAINNET.ORG

 

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