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Airing Pain 127: Taking the Sting out the Tail of Neuropathic & Parkinson’s Pain

Exam­in­ing mis­con­cep­tions about Parkin­son’s Dis­ease and neu­ro­path­ic pain, and dis­cussing how best to man­age per­sis­tent pain.

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain has been fund­ed by a grant from The RS Mac­don­ald Char­i­ta­ble Trust and The Stafford Trust

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Do you, some­one you care for or per­haps your patients, suf­fer from per­sis­tent burn­ing or gnaw­ing pain or per­sis­tent pain relat­ed to Parkin­son’s Dis­ease? Many don’t know that often, neu­ro­path­ic pain presents as a burn­ing sen­sa­tion. Per­sis­tent pain can impact all areas of our lives. It can stop us from sleep­ing, work­ing and pur­su­ing the hob­bies we enjoy. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, some­times the health­care pro­fes­sion­als we see about our pain are unaware of the mul­ti­tude of pain man­age­ment tech­niques we can adopt to try and min­imise the impact pain has on our lives. Dif­fer­ent types of pain are wide­ly mis­un­der­stood and many of us don’t know much about the con­di­tions that can cause them. 

What do you think of when you think of Parkinson’s Dis­ease? Many would say a tremor or shak­ing limbs, but per­sis­tent pain can be one of the most debil­i­tat­ing symp­toms of Parkinson’s Dis­ease. The fastest grow­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion in the world is poor­ly under­stood and pain is a major unmet need in those who live with it. Ground-break­ing stud­ies fund­ed by the char­i­ty Parkinson’s UK are shed­ding new light on the rela­tion­ship between Parkinson’s pain and neu­ro­path­ic pain. 

In this pro­gramme, Paul Evans speaks to Kirsty Ban­nis­ter, a doc­tor of neu­ro­science at Kings Col­lege Lon­don, who dis­cuss­es the role that ‘pain-block­ing nerve path­ways’ and psy­cho­log­i­cal sta­tus play for those who expe­ri­ence chron­ic pain. We also hear from for­mer pri­ma­ry school teacher Janet Kerr, who shares with us her own expe­ri­ence of deal­ing with Parkinson’s Pain and how she man­ages it with things like yoga and dis­trac­tion tech­niques such as massage. 

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Parkinson’s dis­ease, insom­nia and sleep clin­ics, burn­ing and gnaw­ing pain, pain sig­nals, bio­me­chan­ics, stress/psychological states and their impact on pain, anal­ge­sia, bradyki­ne­sia, gabapentin, pre­ga­balin and man­ag­ing chron­ic pain.


  • Car­ol Ven­nard, Clin­i­cal Nurse Spe­cial­ist in Parkinson’s Dis­ease Nurse Spe­cial­ist, NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde
  • Janet Kerr, ex-pri­ma­ry school teacher who lives with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Kirsty Ban­nis­ter, Senior Lec­tur­er and Prin­ci­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor at the Insti­tute of Psy­chi­a­try, Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ro­science, Kings Col­lege London.

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