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Airing Pain 118: Pain Management in Young People

How chron­ic pain in ado­les­cence requires dif­fer­ent pain man­age­ment strategies

In this edi­tion of Air­ing Pain, Paul Evans looks at the issues con­cern­ing pain amongst ado­les­cents, includ­ing the impact on par­ents. First-off, Paul speaks to Dr Jere­my Gaunt­let-Gilbert, prin­ci­pal clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at the Bath Cen­tre for Pain Ser­vices, to talk about the “end of the road” res­i­den­tial pain man­age­ment pro­gramme the Cen­tre has for young peo­ple from across the UK who have not had suc­cess at oth­er institutions.

Paul also speaks to Amyra and Tay­lor, who have first-hand expe­ri­ence of the pro­gramme, about their time in Bath. They also dis­cuss how chron­ic pain has affect­ed their per­son­al lives, includ­ing their per­for­mance at school and in exams.

The par­ents’ expe­ri­ence is also explored as Paul speaks to Taylor’s mum San­dra McCann and Louise Bai­ley, the moth­er of anoth­er patient. They describe how the Bath Cen­tre for Pain Man­age­ment has made a pos­i­tive impact on the abil­i­ty of their chil­dren to have a more reg­u­lar life. Paul also dis­cuss­es with Louise and Dr Gaunt­let-Gilbert about the wider impact on sib­lings and the rest of the family.

Dr Gaunt­let-Gilbert also talks about the Centre’s com­mit­ment to tran­si­tion­al sup­port for indi­vid­u­als between ado­les­cence and adult­hood as well as beyond. This edi­tion con­cludes with the par­ents and young peo­ple deliv­er­ing their ver­dict on the Bath Cen­tre for Pain Ser­vices’ pro­gramme. One that indi­cates it is a very hard but reward­ing process, with the young peo­ple clear­ly find­ing enjoy­ment in their time there.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Chil­dren and young peo­ple, CRPS: com­plex region­al pain syn­drome, devel­op­ment, edu­ca­tion, fam­i­ly, flare-up, friends, home­school­ing, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty, inde­pen­dence, mind­ful­ness, pac­ing, phys­io­ther­a­py, res­i­den­tial pro­gramme, school and stom­ach pain.


  • Dr Jere­my Gaunt­let-Gilbert, Prin­ci­ple Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist at the Bath Cen­tre for Pain Services
  • Louise Bai­ley, parent
  • San­dra McCann, parent
  • Amyra, young person
  • Tay­lor, young person.

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I have sec­ondary adren­al insufficiency…and has nev­er respond­ed the same to pain after the pitu­itary tumor removal…and I was a GYMNAST for most of my life.I knew what pain felt like.

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