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Persistent pain is a challenge for the person with pain, their family or carers, friends and certainly their GP.

Our traditional medical model of care, focussing on 'pain-relief' medication, is redundant. Pain scientists have shown that a holistic biopsychosocial approach is more effective to manage pain. Persistent pain can't be fixed or cured, but a person centred management plan can help people live better lives.

Across the UK millions of patients continue to take daily hi...gh doses of opiates, believing that this is the best option. Not only are these drugs addictive they can lead to problems including low mood, reduced sex drive and impotence, infertility, increased levels of pain and a poorer ability to fight infection.

We are striving to support patients who want to take a different approach to managing their pain. We are delighted to have supported on a number of patients on this journey and both the professional and patient have been delighted with the outcome.

If this message resonates with you please take a look at www.livingwellwithpain.co.uk and click on resources, resources for patients. Please do book an appointment if we can help.

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