Eamonn Shares His Chronic Pain Experience
After Eamonn recently sought treatment for chronic pain that has even left him unable to sleep, Dr Philippa joins us to explain what you can do to manage it, what treatments are available, and the truth behind claims that acupuncture, physiotherapy and even cannabis are the best methods of coping, alongside Chronic Pain specialist Dr Katy Munro.
Persistent or chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts at least 12 weeks. It affects about 28 million people in the country right now. Dr Katy describes chronic pain as a hypersensitivity or malfunction of the brain. “When you touch something hot, your nerves send a message to your brain that this is dangerous and your body reacts. With chronic pain, the messages in your brain are not accurate - this does not mean the pain isn't real."
There isn't a cure for chronic pain, but the condition can be managed successfully. Your first step should be to visit your GP who will come up with an action plan.