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GP consultations

Your GP is likely to be the healthcare professional who’ll be most involved in helping manage persistent pain, but it can sometimes be a difficult relationship. People in pain and their GPs both often feel that there isn’t enough time to deal with a problem as complex as long term pain.

There is no ‘magic pill’ for pain. As with any long-term condition – like diabetes, for example – the best way forward is for people living with pain and their GPs to work together to manage it.

Top tip: make the most of your next appointment by noting down beforehand one or two things that you most want the consultation to focus on.

Find out more: Pain Concern’s ‘Managing Medical Appointments’ leaflet gives guidance on getting the most out of a consultation.

To read the transcript of this programme, please click here.

Published September 2015. Text to be reviewed September 2018.

Comments

It was good to hear some people talking about chronic pain in a way as they understood it. The chronic pain I experience started a few months before a diagnosis with breast cancer and as I have had Type One Diabetes for more than twenty years it has been determined eventually that diabetic neuropathy is the cause. Luckily I have a good team around me to help.

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Thanks for getting in touch!
It’s good to hear you’ve got a solid support network – having people around who understand you and your pain is so important.

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