Information & Resources

Find information and resources to help manage your pain.

Get Help & Support

Find the tools you need to
help you manage your pain.

Get Involved

Help make a real difference to people
in the UK living with chronic pain.

About Us

Find out about Pain Concern and how
we can help you.

Airing Pain 103: Pain and Relationships

How pain’s unpre­dictabil­i­ty can affect inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships, and recog­nis­ing help when it appears

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain is fund­ed by the JTH Char­i­ta­ble Trust and the Per­su­la Foundation.

With between one third and one half of peo­ple liv­ing with chron­ic pain in the UK alone, the num­ber of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing the effects of pain explodes when con­sid­er­ing fam­i­ly and friend­ships. For some of these peo­ple, life can become a cycle of hos­pi­tal vis­its, blood tests, and scans. So, what can be done to ease these relationships?

In this edi­tion of Air­ing Pain, Paul Evans and emi­nent psy­chother­a­pist Dr Bar­ry Mason speak about their per­son­al expe­ri­ences with fibromyal­gia and anky­los­ing spondylitis.

With many chron­ic pain con­di­tions being “invis­i­ble”, explain­ing your pain may seem impos­si­ble, and as the family’s “unin­vit­ed guest”, it can cause peo­ple to close up to those look­ing to help. Dr Mason explains that not speak­ing about this uncom­fort­able top­ic can lead to fur­ther issues, and how open­ing up can lead to bet­ter fam­i­ly teamwork.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Anky­los­ing spondyli­tis, can­cer, chil­dren and young peo­ple, chron­ic pri­ma­ry pain, chron­ic pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, cou­ple’s ther­a­py, explain­ing pain to chil­dren, fam­i­ly ther­a­py, fibromyal­gia, friends and relationships.


  • Dr Bar­ry Mason, Fam­i­ly Psy­chother­a­pist, Mem­ber of UK Coun­cil for Psychotherapy.


Comments are closed.