This section about chronic pain is not
intended as a comprehensive source of medical information,
but as a hub for links to other more detailed sources.
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Acute pain is the body's alarm system. It signals that something
is wrong. It signals that you are in danger of injury or that
the injured part needs to be protected and rested.
Chronic pain serves no useful purpose and may cause disability
and distress to sufferers and their families. Estimates of
the number of people with chronic pain vary from 8% to 45%
depending on severity and whether medical help is sought.
Chronic pain is more common in women and in the elderly. Many
types of chronic pain have been identified. However some people
with chronic pain do not have a diagnosis from their doctor.
The Pain Relief Foundation funds research into the causes
and treatment of chronic pain.
If you have a pain problem, which needs treatment
you should contact your own doctor who can refer you to a
pain clinic in your area. This site is for information only
and cannot be treated as a substitute for the medical advice
of your own doctor. The Pain Relief Foundation is not able
to offer individual medical advice.
There are many sites on the World Wide Web
offering information to people about chronic pain and its
treatment. The suggested links, to websites providing such
information, from this website are considered by the doctors
at the Pain Relief Foundation to be useful and informative.
If you know of a good web site about chronic pain then we
would be pleased to hear your recommendation.
The Pain Relief Foundation is not responsible
for the content of these web sites, and does not endorse any
commercial product or service mentioned or advised on these
British Pain Society:
(British Chapter of the International Association
for the Study of Pain). Contains information for the
general public including leaflets on chronic pain,
opioid medication for chronic pain conditions and
spinal cord stimulation as a treatment for some chronic
Support Organisations in the UK:
A registered charity that offers information and support
for pain sufferers, including free fact sheets and
A non-profit organisation that offers membership,
regular newsletters and an online discussion forum
where you can ask questions or talk with other sufferers
Personal experiences of health and illness from DIPEx
charity in the University of Oxford. The website has
a section on chronic pain containing videos, audio
and written accounts of people's pain experiences
along with information about chronic pain and the
available treatments. DIPEx also has an active online
forum where people can interact and seek opinions
etc. about pain experiences.