One of the things I found really hard when I first started to suffer chronic pain, twenty years ago, was the lack of information. The medical advice was often dismissive: "put up, or shut up" and "keep taking the tablets." And, slowly, start taking more and stronger tablets...
That's a dead-end road and I was always on the look out for more: more information, support, ideas, advice. These days there's so much out there it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, so here a few of my top tips from among the many excellent resources out there.
I've been involved in the 'Flippin' Pain' campaign since its inception last Autumn. The inaugural event in Boston, Lincs, with Professor Lorimer Moseley was eye-opening, entertaining and inspiring. But why take my word for it? You can actually watch the event for yourself on the Flippin' Pain YouTube page along with some of the other exciting events and activities that have taken place since then.
If it's reading matter you're after, you're in luck too as the latest edition of the magazine Pain Matters has been guest-edited by the team from Flippin' Pain. You can buy or subscribe to the magazine here: https://painconcern.org.uk/publications/pain-matters-magazine/ and to find out more about the Flippin' Pain campaign, take at look at their website: https://www.flippinpain.co.uk
That's an important point. There's no 'one size fits all' solution and what works for me might not help you. So let's try things out, let's share what we know and start on the road to recovery. I'd love to hear from you about your own pain-management strategies:
- What have you tried?
- What has worked for you? and
- What advice would you give someone newly suffering from chronic pain?
Over to you!