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Pain Matters is 25!

In Spring of 1995, the first Newslet­ter of the Pain Con­cern (UK) Loth­i­an Group was issued. The newslet­ter was print­ed at a volunteer’s house on ordi­nary copy paper and had arti­cles from clin­i­cians and patients. Demand grew and by Issue 22 (Autumn 2000) it was Pain Con­cern News and had con­tri­bu­tions from around the UK. Issue 26 (Decem­ber 2001) was the first to be pro­fes­sion­al­ly laid out and print­ed using our part­ners, Cre­ative Link, in North Berwick. Glossy paper and a touch of colour on the front page war­rant­ed a rebrand and the title Pain Mat­ters was born. Issue 41 was the first in full colour with an arti­cle by reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Mar­garet Gra­ham on how visu­al­is­ing colours affect mood. Issue 50 was a land­mark with a then rad­i­cal arti­cle on med­i­c­i­nal cannabis and a brazen close-up of a cannabis plant on the front cov­er. We now reg­u­lar­ly invite clin­i­cal teams to guest-edit their own edi­tion, so read­ers get news direct from the coal­face of pain man­age­ment. There is a dig­i­tal edi­tion, an email sup­ple­ment and hard­copies are dis­trib­uted to pain clin­ics across the UK. It has come a long way from a vol­un­teer print­ing a few dozen copies in their house. Thank you for read­ing and sup­port­ing Pain Mat­ters!