GROUP PAIN CONSULTATIONS at CENTRAL SURGERY
The next meetings are Wednesday 8th May, 5thJune and 4thJuly all at 4 pm.
You can book by contacting our Pain Administrator Dorothy Mulvain at the surgery – phone 01914554621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- It is a group of 15 patients with chronic or persistent pain led by a facilitator and lasting about an hour and a half.
- The group will look at a video about ‘What chronic pain is and what you can do about it,’ then the leader will help the group to set an agenda or list of questions that they want to look at. The may be about alternative ways of managing pain, reducing medication or other pain or medication related issues.
- The group leader, a pharmacist or a GP will answer group questions, present information and describe approaches that help self care, making lifestyle changes and reducing medication.
- After the meeting the pharmacist or GP prescriber will spend no more than 2-3 minutes – a ‘pit-stop’– with those patients who want to alter their treatment on the day. This is NOT a normal GP, pharmacist or nurse appointment; if you want to talk at length about your pain or treatment then you will need to make a separate pharmacist or GP appointment.
- These consultation ‘pit-stops’ will be managed by the group leader or an admin person from the practice.?
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.
- LEAFLETS and a lot lot more on this site http://my.livewellwithpain.co.
- ESCAPE-PAIN: A programme for people who it’s knee and hip pain (Over 55). More details 0191 4566903.
- BLISSABILITY: A programme (any age) that helps people with chronic illness and pain. Ring: 0191 4271666
- LIFECYCLE – Talking therapy: helps with anxiety, stress, depression and coping with pain. Tel: 0191 2832937
- PHYSIOTHERAPY: Can be helpful in managing musculoskeletal pain and pain management. Tel 0191 6531072
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 damaged 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 some one has after an amputated leg; the leg has gone but the mind still registers the pain. We also know that 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 then ‘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