Pain Literacy

Chronic (Persistent) Post-Surgical Pain – What can I do?

Chronic (Persistent) Post-Surgical Pain – What can I do?

WHAT IS IT?

Definitions of pain vary widely, and post-surgical pain is no different. 2017 was the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery as declared by the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain).

A working definition of chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) is pain that:

  • persists for at least 3 months after surgery,

  • was not present before surgery and/or different characteristics or increased intensity from pre-operative pain,

  • occurs in surgical site and/or referred area, and

  • is not due to other causes, e.g. infection, disease recurrence, or surgical complication [2].

ARE YOU OVER THE FEELING THAT PAIN IS YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION? MINDFULNESS: THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION.

ARE YOU OVER THE FEELING THAT PAIN IS YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION? MINDFULNESS: THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION.

Chronic Pain impacts every area of your life. It is a devastating emotional, physical, and cognitive (thinking) experience. Pain can shatter both your body and mind. Would you try something, to help manage your pain, that only takes a few minutes of your day? If you’re keen, then mindfulness is the go. Read on; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

A PAIN IN THE ASS! UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN.

A PAIN IN THE ASS! UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN.

Please raise your hand if you’ve experienced back pain?

In this article we will discuss pain that occurs in the lower part of the back in adults. In the medical field we usually call this ‘low back pain’ but for the purposes of this blog article we’ll call it ‘lower back pain’.

WILL HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MY CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENTS?

WILL HEALTH INSURANCE COVER MY CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENTS?

The financial aspects of engaging in good quality care and support services for those suffering chronic pain can be daunting, especially for a patient or their family who may already be experiencing financial strain as a result of the injury or the pain itself interrupting the ability to work and earn an income. While there are many different treatment options available, with costs varying greatly, there are a number of incentives and helpful treatment plans that can ease the financial burden on patients and their families.

LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN - IT CAN BE DONE

LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN - IT CAN BE DONE

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever thought that it’s impossible to live a full life while suffering with chronic pain? The good news is that living a fulfilling life with chronic pain doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With the right team around you, and the right treatments and management tools at your disposal, you can get back on track and stay on track.

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?

Everyone is familiar with pain after an injury but pain that persists and does not go away can be a much more difficult problem to manage. This is also known as chronic pain. Sufferers with chronic pain like this know that it can be frustrating, baffling and exhausting especially when they are told that the ‘scans are normal’ and ‘the pain is in your head’.

START UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAIN WITH THE CONVERSATION - PAIN SERIES

START UNDERSTANDING YOUR PAIN WITH THE CONVERSATION - PAIN SERIES

It is really important when you are looking for answers and explanations about your pain, and what to do about it, that you look to reliable sources of information.

This series of articles provides information and opinions that reflects the best current research and the opinions of pain management experts.