Managing Your Pain

Chronic pain affects almost one in four people across Northern Ireland. Local Health and Social Care Board figures estimate that 400,000 people are living with some form of persistent pain.

Managing Your Pain is supported by:
Department of Health PHA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

Professor Tamar Pincus (Royal Holloway University of London) gives her interpretation of her research on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain.

It took me a long time to understand that acceptance was not the same as giving up or losing hope...I’ve come to see it as a conscious decision to completely engage with life, including pain...’

Resources to Manage Pain Well

Useful Websites

www.healthtalk.org
This site provides information from people with health problems like pain for people with pain or health conditions. 

www.paintoolkit.org
Popular site where Pete Moore shares the Paintoolkit and 12 tools to self-manage pain. 

www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk
Mindfulness approaches to dealing with persistent pain.

Podcasts

Airing pain from Pain Concern
Airing Pain is the online radio programme and podcast from Pain Concern. 

Pain Toolkit Podcast
Pete Moore's podcasts are short and easy to digest especially if you are struggling with chronic pain.

Online Help and Downloads

Explaining you pain
Understand more about your persistent pain and how it affects your life.

Ten Footsteps - Your journey to living well with pain
Learning how to manage your pain is a journey. Like any journey, it takes time and everyone’s experience is different. 

Sleep well with pain
This leaflet from www.livewellwithpain.co.uk draws on recent research and offers ideas and techniques that people with pain have found helpful.

Support Groups


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Living with Persistent Pain

The following articles provide information that may be of use to people living with chronic or persistent pain.

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    Watch 📺 - Living with Fibromyalgia

    In this short video, people talk about their experiences of diagnosis and living with fibromyalgia.

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    Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it!

    This easy to follow video takes you through research that suggests chronic pain may not be a joint or muscle problem but how the brain rewires itself to become more sensitive.

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    What is the Pain Toolkit?

    Living with chronic pain? The Pain Toolkit can provide you with tips, skills and information to support you in managing your pain.

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    How Local Healthy Living Centres Are Helping People With Chronic Pain

    Tony Doherty, Regional Coordinator, of the Healthy Living Centre Alliance talks to us about the work they do and how they help people living with chronic pain across Northern Ireland.

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    Living With Endometriosis - What Is It Really Like?

    This Newtownards woman with endometriosis wants people in Northern Ireland to talk about their invisible illnesses.

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    How Healthy Are You Really?

    The next time you’re tucking into a cracking Sunday lunch at home or in one of Northern Ireland's fine restaurants, you'd better give yourself an extra helping of carrots and parsnips.

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    How to Sleep Well With Pain

    If you’re living with pain and struggling with sleep then you’re not alone. It’s very common for people with persistent pain to have difficulties getting to sleep or staying asleep.

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    Pacing for Pain Management

    Living with persistent pain is a daily challenge. Sometimes even standing up can be painful. Starting to get active can be difficult, but here are a few things that might help.

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    10 Things People With Chronic Pain Know All Too Well

    We asked women in Northern Ireland living with chronic pain to tell us what they would like people to know about their daily lives.

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    10 People With Chronic Pain Share Their Best Advice

    We asked MyNI users to share their best chronic pain relief tips. Read what they said in the final part of this weekly series of tips from people in Northern Ireland living with chronic pain.

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    10 More Ways To Cope With Chronic Pain

    In the third part of this weekly series in May, women in Northern Ireland living with chronic pain share 10 more creative ways they make life easier for themselves.

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    10 Ways To Stop Chronic Pain From Taking Over Your Life

    Welcome to the second of our weekly articles in May, in which we ask women in Northern Ireland with chronic pain to share the self-care tips that help them to cope. Here are their latest suggestions.

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    7 Yoga Tips That’ll Help You Cope With Chronic Pain

    If you're living with chronic pain, yoga might not be top of your list. However, studies show gentle yoga can help to soothe back pain and make you more flexible. Here are seven tips that might help.

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    10 Self-Care Tips For People With Chronic Pain To Try This Week

    We asked women in Northern Ireland with chronic pain - including members of the Chronic Pain Support Group at Lisburn's Healthy Living Centre - to share their coping mechanisms. Here’s what they said.

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    Ten Footsteps - Your journey to living well with pain

    Learning how to manage your pain is a journey. Like any journey, it takes time and everyone’s experience is different. We know from people living with pain that there are some things which can be really helpful. We’ve called these the Ten Footsteps:

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    Managing Pain - Jay's Story

    Jay Flood Coleman suffered two brain haemorrhages in the early 1990s, losing a quarter of his brain and 50% of the function of his body. He has spent many years since trying to rebuild both. In this article he talks about the importance of good pain management.

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    Managing Pain at Work

    The challenges of work and the social interactions it brings can often help distract you from your pain. Unfortunately, that pain can also stop you working effectively. Here are some tips on managing pain at work.

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    Resources to Manage Pain Well

    This page contains lists of useful books, online content and other resources that can help you manage pain well. Bookmark this page and check back for updates.

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    Explaining Pain

    Persistent pain (sometimes called chronic or long-term pain) is described as ‘pain that continues for three months or more and may not respond to standard medical treatment.’ Understand more about your persistent pain and how it affects your life.

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    Keeping Active with Arthritis - Gillian's Story

    In this video from Arthritis Care Gillian explains how exercise helps her and what she does to keep active.

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    Keeping Active With Arthritis - Keri's Story

    Arthritis isn't just an older person's disease it can affect people of all ages. In this video from Arthritis Care Keri (26) talks about her diagnosis, day to day life and how keeping active helps her manage her condition.

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    Chair Exercises for People With Arthritis

    The charity, Arthritis Care, is leading the way in the use of chair exercises to help people with arthritis keep active and manage their condition.

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    5 Things You Can Do for Someone Living With Chronic Pain

    When a friend or loved one is living with a painful illness it can be difficult to know how best we can help. Painful conditions can vary in intensity from day to day, the symptoms can come and go and are often not visible. Here are 5 ways you can help your friend or loved one.

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    Airing Pain - Podcasts From Pain Concern

    Airing Pain is the online radio programme and podcast from Pain Concern. Each month they bring together people with chronic pain and top specialists to talk about resources that can help.

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    In Pain? Feeling Flat and Don’t Know How to Move Forward?

    Watch this short video to learn how to take back control and manage your pain more effectively.

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    Subscribe to the Pain Toolkit podcast

    Listen to Pete Moore and his latest Pain Toolkit podcasts. These podcasts are short and easy to digest especially if you are struggling with chronic pain.

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    Back Stretches to Help Prevent Aches and Pains

    Back pain is a very common condition. It will affect about 80% of people at some point in their lives. In this video, an NHS physiotherapist demonstrates some simple back stretches to help prevent aches and pains.

The pain toolkit

Download The Pain Toolkit Today

Persistent pain is difficult to understand and manage on a daily basis. Pete Moore's Pain Toolkit can provide you with tips, skills and information to support you in managing your pain.