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Breaking Barriers #4: 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 Health­care Appoint­ments leaflet gives guid­ance on get­ting the most out of a consultation.

Click here for the main Break­ing Bar­ri­ers page.


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.

Broadcast Assistant

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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