Chronic Pain Patient Resources
The resources on this page have been carefully chosen by NHS healthcare professionals to provide additional support, information and guidance to individuals living with chronic pain. There are lots of resources on the internet that can help, but these are the ones that we, and our NHS colleagues, think would be a great place to start!
They are not a replacement for the advice offered to you by the NHS team providing your care. If you are unsure if any of the services or advice provided by this site is right for you, please discuss it further with your NHS healthcare team.
We believe a good place to start on the journey to understanding pain is first to look at what pain actually is. The following videos by Brainman are designed to do just this. We think they're great...
This video will give you a really good, brief introduction to pain and how it can affect you. If you're pushed for time, you could do worse than watch this... It's from Aus but it's as relevant here in the UK
If you have a little longer, take things a bit further by watching this follow up video...
Live Well With Pain
Live Well with Pain (livewellwithpain.co.uk) offers a range of knowledge, skills, tools and resources. They are designed to help clinicians enable patients to become clearer about their needs, manage or cope with their pain well and be more effective in their use of health care.
Live Well With Pain also has a sister site called My Live Well With Pain (my.livewellwithpain.co.uk). This site is specifically for patients and includes lots of leaflets, videos and booklets that can be accessed free of charge.
Phone Apps are a great way of getting additional guidance and support and some even have the ability to record your experience of pain so you can show your NHS care providers at appointments when discussing pain.
The website ORCHA (appfinder.orcha.co.uk) have reviewed a number of health related apps for use by NHS patients. Particularly interesting are the many pain management apps that are available. Many are accessible to both Apple and Android phone users. Click on the picture below to access the list of pain apps on ORCHA:
One of the apps listed on the ORCHA website is ESCAPE-pain (escape-pain.org).
ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.
ESCAPE-pain helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
ESCAPE-pain class locations
ESCAPE-pain is offered at sites across Lancashire and South Cumbria. ESCAPE-pain update this map fortnightly so it is a great place to check if sessions are running near you.
Each icon on the map represents one site:
A green icon means the site is ACTIVE
A blue icon means the site is STARTING SOON - the planned start date may be listed too
Click on the icon to find the site details including name, address, postcode and how you can join the programme.
Lancashire Recovery College
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are running courses for people in Lancashire to help them keep, stay and live well as part of a new project.
The courses, which are being run by the Lancashire Recovery College (lscft.nhs.uk/lancashire-recovery-college), cover a range of topics that also include sessions on artistic meditation, stress, how to relax and dealing with gambling. Whilst not directly addressing pain, these courses can provide support for managing the psychological and emotional components of pain.
The courses are free and available to anyone over the age of 18 with initial venues in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. Courses will also be run in East Lancashire and then eventually cover the whole of Lancashire.
For more information and to book a place, click on the picture.