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Airing Pain 5: Learning to Live with Pain

Learn­ing how to live with pain and liv­ing with peo­ple in pain, and what pain man­age­ment pro­grammes do

Pain man­age­ment pro­grammes can ‘remove the bar­ri­ers’ that pre­vent peo­ple with pain from liv­ing a nor­mal life, says Dr Owen Hugh­es of the Pain and Fatigue Man­age­ment Cen­tre in Bron­llys, Wales.

Pre­sen­ter Lionel Kelle­way returns to the Bron­llys Res­i­den­tial Pain Man­age­ment Pro­gramme where he him­self was a patient to talk with staff and patients about what hap­pens on the pro­grammes and also shares his own expe­ri­ence. Mary Reese-Williams describes her work as an occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pist help­ing patients to adjust their lifestyles and con­sul­tant Mark Tur­tle explains what makes a patient suit­able for a pain man­age­ment pro­gramme. We also hear from Sheila Day, whose part­ner has chron­ic pain, about the chal­lenges faced by the loved ones of peo­ple with pain.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Fam­i­ly, con­fi­dence, men­tal health, mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary, chron­ic fatigue, rela­tion­ships, depres­sion, pain toolk­it, psy­chol­o­gy, mus­cle spasm, med­i­ta­tion and reiki.


  • Berni Bustin, Clin­i­cal Psychologist
  • Rhi­an Evans, patient
  • Mary Rhys Williams, Advanced Occu­pa­tion­al Therapist
  • Sheila Day, fam­i­ly member
  • Tra­cy Thomas, patient
  • Dr Owen Hugh­es, Con­sul­tant Coun­selling Psychologist
  • Dr Mark Tur­tle, Con­sul­tant Anaes­thetist and Pain Man­age­ment Specialist.


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