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Airing Pain 2: Nerve Pain and How to Manage it

How prob­lems with the ner­vous sys­tem can give rise to chron­ic pain, a per­son­al suc­cess sto­ry of pain man­age­ment and a Q&A with pain spe­cial­ist Dr Mark Turtle

Eliz­a­beth Car­ri­g­an of the Aus­tralian Pain Man­age­ment Asso­ci­a­tion talks about how pain man­age­ment tech­niques helped her come to terms with chron­ic neu­ro­path­ic pain after spinal injury. We speak to experts on neu­ro­path­ic pain about how nerve dam­age can lead to pro­longed pain and the drug treat­ments avail­able, includ­ing amitripty­line, anti-epilep­tic drugs and the more con­tro­ver­sial opi­oids. We also take a look at the issue of chron­ic pain after nerves are dam­aged in surgery or chemotherapy.

Also in the pro­gramme: Dr Mark Tur­tle is in the chair for our Q&A ses­sion pro­vid­ing answers to your ques­tions about liv­ing with and man­ag­ing pain.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include:  Activ­i­ty, amitripty­line, anal­gesic, anti-epilep­tic, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, can­cer pain, cap­saicin cream, CBT/cognitive behav­iour­al ther­a­py, chemother­a­py-induced pain, chick­en­pox, codeine, dia­betes, drug, exer­cise, gabapentin, her­pes, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty, irri­ta­tion, joint, med­ica­tion, mor­phine, nerve dam­age, ner­vous sys­tem, neu­ro­path­ic pain, opi­oids, post-her­pet­ic neu­ral­gia, post-sur­gi­cal pain, pre­ga­balin, pre­scrip­tion, psy­chol­o­gy, rash, relax­ation, shin­gles, side-effect, spinal injury, stretch­ing, TENS, tri­cyclic anti­de­pres­sant, Vel­cade and Versatis.


Con­trib­u­tors:

  • Dr Steve Allen, Neu­ro­path­ic Pain
  • Eliz­a­beth Car­ri­g­an, Liv­ing with Pain
  • Pro­fes­sor Blair Smith, Neu­ro­path­ic Pain
  • Lionel Kelle­way, Liv­ing with Pain
  • Jan Bar­ton, Grow­ing up in Pain
  • Dr Mick Ser­pell, Neu­ro­path­ic Pain
  • Dr Paul Far­quar-Smith, Post-oper­a­tive Pain
  • Dr Julie Bruce, Post-oper­a­tive Pain.

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