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General Advice

We always encourage people with pain to look into ways in which they can help themselves and take responsibility for control of their pain.  Finding out information about how pain works and how people can manage it is very important, this being the chief reason why we have written this website.  

Just as with any aspect of health, healthy living and exercise are very important in ensuring that your pain can be minimised and impact as little as possible on you.  The Trust's Physiotherapy Department have compiled a very useful list of links with general advice about healthy living.  An excellent video on the benefits of exercise can be accesed via this link.

As well as other aspects of healthy living, one activity that can have an influence on pain is smoking.  Smokers have a tendency to develop more degeneration in the discs in their spine, and nicotine may have a bad effect on some nerve pains.  The Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service is a free NHS service provided by NHS Gloucestershire, which offers, support and advice to people who are motivated to quit smoking, and you may find their website helpful.  There is also a very good video by Dr Mike Evans which can be accessed via this link.

We have compiled a useful further reading list, much of which is available through Gloucestershire Libraries, whiich you can access here.


Common Misconceptions about Pain

Over the years many myths and misconceptions have grown up about pain, such as the implication that it always indicates damage or that exercise should be avoided.  Read more about this at this linked page.


Further reading


A very well produced video from Australia gives an excellent five-minute overview of chronic pain and some of its issues..

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One source of excellent advice and resources that is increasingly being used is the Pain Plan and Relaxation CD that can be accessed via the website.  The Pain Plan is also available directly from the Amazon website or from the excellent Pain Toolkit website.


A number of useful books that can be helpful in self-management of a number of conditions including chronic pain are available through the Books on Prescription scheme, which is available in Gloucestershire.  This includes a useful book by Dr Frances Cole and colleagues, Overcoming Chronic Pain.


Our service has compiled a useful list of services and resources that may be helpful for people with persistent pain in Gloucestershire, which you can access via this link.



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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Webmaster Dr J G de Courcy, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia
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Page updated 5/11/2016