The logical approach to pain and health management
with Paulo Quadros
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.“
● People with chronic pain suffer on average for seven years.
● Back pain accounts for 40% of absenteeism in Scotland.
● Nearly 10 million hours of staff time has been lost to the Scottish health service as sickness absence reached record levels.
● Nearly 4.2% of the working population is on incapacity benefit, 24% of which are due to diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue.
● Untreated pain can affect quality of life for sufferers and carers resulting in helplessness, isolation, depression and family breakdown.
● One in five of patients consulting their GPs do so because of musculoskeletal complaints. These conditions are the most common reason for repeat consultations with a GP.
Intlife Pain is undergoing re-structuring so that we can better serve the needs of chronic pain patients. For the moment, if you need pain management support, treatment or information, please visit www.painless.me.uk or email us
All over the world people are needlessly suffering from many kinds of pain. In Scotland alone the official statistics show that over 900,000 people suffer from chronic pain - that is about 1 in 5 people. These figures mirror the situation in the UK and the rest of the world. Yet, despite a number of reports and recommendations published throughout a period of many years, very little has been done that has directly and positively affected people in pain. Scotland is a leading player regarding strategies to promote equal access to existing pain management resources and evaluation but much more needs to be done.
People in pain need action NOW.
The NHS uses only a handful of tools to manage pain. While discussions regarding the effectiveness of alternative treatments (or the lack of) are on-going, people in pain, their families and society in general are suffering right now.
Some people are able to pay for alternative interventions of their choice but others cannot. This is unjust because pain management is a human right and so is equal access to drug-free treatments. Many people feel disempowered regarding their sense of control over their conditions. Many feel hopeless. We are creating a charitable organisation to offer the choice of drug-free treatments for all. A pain management organisation run by people afflicted by chronic pain and their supporters for people in pain and their supporters. If you believe in equal choice and equal access If you believe that pain management is a human right If you would like to be part of this movement
Don’t let chronic pain control your life any longer. Join forces with other pain sufferers to take control of your own pain treatment and management.
“If alternative pain management services are not provided by the NHS, the demand will need to be fulfilled elsewhere”. (Rao et al 1999, Haetzmann et al 2003) and (NHS Practice Improvement Scotland, The Management of Chronic Pain in Adults, Best Practice Statement Feb 2006)
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Two-thirds of chronic pain sufferers surveyed in the UK reported inadequate pain control.