"Now have more understanding of my pain"

About: Bradford Royal Infirmary

I recently attended Living with Pain Service meetings at Horton Park Avenue Surgery to help me understand my pain and how to manage it better to improve my lifestyle, as I have lived with chronic pain for over 10 years.

Among the staff were Physiotherapists, Psychologists and a Doctor who specialised in pain management.

I went into this set of meetings which lasted a few weeks not knowing how it would go and what it entailed, but was very surprised when I found that nearly all the people in our group were not just my age (60) but there were some young people too.

What I didn't expect was the fun we had discussing our pain and different ways of managing it.

Everyone who attended had different ways of coping with pain and we each helped one another in some ways by suggesting different coping mechanisms.

The doctor who came to discuss our medications helped immensely by discussing in detail why we were prescribed certain meds and not others and how these meds worked in our bodies and suggested different things for us to do.

I went for the final catch up this week and met people from other groups and we brought different ideas that were very helpful to us all.

I found this Service extremely helpful and I wish that something like this would have been suggested to me years ago.

It would be a tragedy if funding for this service was cut as it is a lifeline for people with chronic pain.

Anything that can help us to manage our pain better and not keep going to the doctors or hospitals has got to be a good thing surely.

A big thank you to everyone involved in this - you know who you are - I am very grateful to you all.

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Response from Bradford Royal Infirmary

Dear Jill,first of I must apologise for the delay in replying - there has been a problem with the site notifying us when someone posts a review, which we have just become aware of.

I am really pleased to hear that you found the Living with Pain course and service so helpful, and thank you for taking the time to let us know how it helped you. I will make sure these comments go to the relevant staff, who will really appreciate your feedback.

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