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Breaking Barriers #5: Medical investigations

Doctors and patients can both get caught up in an almost endless search for a cure or a clear diagnosis of what’s causing the pain. Searching for a medical solution is understandable, but it can delay people in starting to learn to manage their pain.

With the right support and guidance from healthcare professionals, people can move towards playing an active role in their care, often becoming less dependent on medication.

Top tip: results on MRI scans don’t usually help us to understand what’s behind persistent back pain – many people without pain will have ‘bulging discs’.

Find out more: Pain Concern’s leaflets on medicines, such as Opioids, Antidepressants, Amitriptyline and Gabapentin & Pregabalin have really helpful advice on using pain medications effectively and how to reduce your medications safely.

Click here for the main Breaking Barriers page.

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