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Living with a health condition which causes frequent or persistent (ongoing) pain can be exhausting and distressing. You may find that you avoid doing certain things in case they trigger an attack of pain, or make the pain worse. You may feel very tired, run-down, irritable, anxious or depressed from battling on through the pain every day. You may have trouble sleeping or finding a comfortable position to rest in, or have difficulty with everyday tasks.
Some people also find it tempting to use alcohol or drugs as a way of coping with pain. It may feel that this is helping in the short-term, but you are likely to be creating other problems for yourself in the longer term.
While you may be receiving medical treatment for the underlying causes of your pain, it's also important to treat the pain itself, and to reduce its impact on your day-to-day life. There are a number of different approaches to treating pain, depending on its cause and severity, which you should discuss with your local pharmacist or GP.
If you are concerned about being able to call for help when you are in pain, you may wish to look into getting an emergency alarm. The Technology for independent living page contains further information about what equipment is available, and where you can get this from.
The NHS Choices website provides advice on all the options available to help you manage your pain.
The British Pain Society provide advice to patients on pain management, including leaflets on different types of pain.
You may find it useful to read our separate page on Lower Back Pain.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about back pain.
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