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Pain Matters

Our quarterly magazine contains news and features on self-management techniques, pain treatments and personal experiences of living with pain.

To subscribe to Pain Press, a free online supplement to Pain Matters, click here.

Latest Issue

Pain Matters 78

Inside issue 78: Our guest editors come from the North Bristol NHS Trust, where, in the past ten years, Nick Ambler and his team have tried hard to create a more personalised form of pain management and support. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this was obviously harder, but ...

Back Catalogue

Missed an issue of Pain Matters? Fear not. Our back catalogue of digital magazines is available via our Pocketmags page.

We also have physical copies of some of our previous issues still available. What’s more, if they are over a year old you can get them for up to 50% off the cover price too!

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Pain Matters 77

Inside issue 77: When you have pain in your face, who do you go to see about it? The dentist might be your first port of call, but what happens if the problem is not dental? The Facial Pain Team, based at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London, ...

Pain Matters 76

Inside issue 76: What do we mean when we talk about pain? In this edition of Pain Matters, we have invited the members of the Flippin’ Pain™ campaign to guest-edit a pain neuroscience education special. A public health campaign delivered by Connect Health, Flippin’ Pain aims to improve ...

Pain Matters 75

Inside issue 75: The twenty-fifth anniversary issue of Pain Matters sees us return to the hospital where it all started, as NHS Lothian take the helm. This issue’s theme is compassion-focused therapy, with the team showing the different ways they use compassion as part of a holistic pain management approach. Guest-edited by the NHS ...

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Pain Matters 74

Inside issue 74: Our first Pain Matters of the new decade is a jam-packed issue, looking at all aspects of the multidisciplinary team, from the Pain Management Jigsaw to  how laughter can be a tool in the pain management toolbox. Also, Vidyamala Burch returns, giving her three reasons why ...

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Pain Matters 73

Inside issue 73: This edition of the magazine takes an in-depth look at all aspects of neuropathic pain, from what it is to how best to manage and treat it, taking in points of view from those living with it to the healthcare professionals trying to help them. Also, writer Robert ...

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Pain Matters 72

Inside issue 72: How external support groups are a vital cog in the pain management machine; art therapist Julliet King has tips on using photography to manage pain; and physiotherapist Jill Geyer tries to breakdown the taboos surrounding period pain. Guest-edited by the Southampton Pain Team and Portsmouth ...

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Pain Matters 71

Inside issue 71: Our first guest-edited issue, the team at the SNRPMP tell Pain Matters all about their work and how residential programmes differ in their approach to pain management; also Paul Evans, producer of Airing Pain, discusses how Pain Concern’s Navigator Tool helps doctors and patients ‘sing off the ...

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Pain Matters 70

Inside issue 70: Top ten tips for back ache - Chartered physiotherapist David Rogers shares his top tips for managing back pain; Sleeping with pain - Pain psychologist Sue Peacock discusses strategies for getting a restful nights’ sleep; Being mindful - Pain management with a KISS.   ...

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Pain Matters 69

Inside issue 69: Chronic pain and litigation - Barrister Julian Benson explains the complexities of a claim; Acupuncture - Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care; Creativity corner - The complex relationship between pain and the self; Being mindful - The journey of a thousand ...

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Pain Matters 68

Inside issue 68: Weather and pain – The app-based project ‘Cloudy’ is introduced, with the aim of researching the link between weather and pain; Arthritic pain –  Expert David Walsh discusses arthritis beyond worn joints; Creativity corner – Using visualisation and art for pain self-management; Being mindful – A guide to making SMART resolutions.   ...

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Pain Matters 67

Inside issue 67: Exhibiting pain – Susanne Main’s project examines how pain can be communicated through art; ACT – Psychologist Hannah Durand summarises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Workplace discrimination – Research volunteer Catherine Au investigates discriminatory experiences of people with chronic pain in the workplace; Being mindful – Vidyamala Burch explains ...

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Pain Matters 66

Inside issue 66: Tai chi – instructor Maria Mucha explains how tai chi can be a useful tool for pain self-management, and can be adapted for different accessibility levels; Veterans – healthcare for veterans is discussed, with support from Forces in Mind Trust; Being mindful – Vidyamala Burch presents three fast-acting techniques for pain ...

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Pain Matters 65

Inside issue 65: Mind and body – physiotherapist Madeleine Pook discusses exercises that can have physical and cognitive benefits; Foot pain – podiatrist Gordon Henry gives advice on keeping fit and choosing shoes when you have foot pain; Gabapentinoids – Dr John Lee offers his thoughts on ...

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Pain Matters 64

Inside issue 64: Language – Physiotherapist and author Betsan Corkhill explains how the way we talk about pain affects our perceptions; Power to the community – how a support group in Moray succeeded in reopening their local clinic; Being mindful – Vidyamala Burch talks about what she keeps in her pain toolkit ...

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Pain Matters 63

Inside issue 63: Gabapentinoids and weight gain – Professor Roger Knagg discusses dealing with the side effects of gabapentinoids; Self-management – research volunteer Katy Gordon investigates some of the barriers to self-management and why people are feeling unsupported; Music – researchers share insights about how music can be used for pain self-management; Being mindful ...

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Pain Matters 62

Inside issue 62: Gardening – garden activities, such as Green Gym, are discussed regarding their benefits for wellbeing; Relationships – Dr Barry Mason talks about people’s experiences with pain affecting their relationships, and how communication can help; FGM – survivors of Female Genital Mutilation speak out on the affect it has ...

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Pain Matters 61

Inside issue 61: Iron Man – Mick Serpell talks about the shared strategies he used in the Iron Man triathlon and in a pain management programme; Hypnotherapy – retired GP Ann Williamson discusses how being in a hypnotic state can help in pain self-management and addresses some of the misconceptions around ...

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Pain Matters 60

Inside issue 60: Targeted treatment – Dr Mick Serpell gives an overview of topiceuticals; Vision – Heather Wallace talks about the effect of chronic pain on her vision and her experience of using eye exercises; Being mindful – Vidyamala Burch explains how she came to develop Mindful Pain Management Programmes and introduces breath-based meditation; Rebuilding life ...

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Pain Matters 59

Inside issue 59: Paracetamol – Professor Nick Bateman takes an in-depth look into Paracetamol and Dr Michael Lee discusses how perception of premium branded products changes its effects; Domestic abuse – Survivors share experiences of chronic pain and psychological trauma after domestic abuse; Being mindful – Vidyamala Burch presents ...

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Pain Matters 58

Inside issue 58: Young carers – Dr Liz Forbat talks about the frustration some young carers can feel and gives advice on encouraging healthy family dynamics; The Pain Chain – Meherzin Das talks about how her and her team in the Pain Chain project have made connections between people with pain; Being ...

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Pain Matters 57

Inside issue 57: Dosage – Pain specialist nurse Jacquelyn Watson explains why people might want to reduce their medication and some things to keep in mind if you choose to do so; Acupuncture – Acupuncturists Catherine Tiphanie and David Carr discuss the benefits of acupuncture treatment for pain management; Weaving – Max Dawlish ...

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Pain Matters 56

Inside issue 56: Welfare system reforms – Dame Anne Begg MP talks to Pain Matters about the potential problems for people with pain that could come as a result of welfare system reforms; Art – artists who live with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) participate in a project to convey ...

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Pain Matters 55

Inside issue 55: Yoga – Susanna Naismith discusses research that has shown the benefits yoga has for back pain; Endometriosis – Ana Jamison shares how she came to set up a support group for endometriosis and the positive effects felt by group members; Opioids – Kiera Jones explains the contrasting views ...

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Pain Matters 54

Inside issue 54: Family therapy – How families can learn to better support each other is discussed in relation to family therapy; Headaches – recent findings on the link between overuse of painkillers and headaches are presented; Visceral pain – President of IASP Fernando Cervero explains why his organisation is ...

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Pain Matters 53

Inside issue 53: Cycling – Sharon Underhill shares how nerve damage from a slipped disc affected her life over several years and how she discovered cycling through chronic pain; Hip pain – Margaret Graham presents some yoga exercises to help with hip pain and explains how the exercises can ...

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Pain Matters 52

Inside issue 52: Knitting – Former physiotherapist, Betsan Corkhill, explains how her online support network Stitchlinks has helped members with their pain self-management; Visualisation – Relaxation therapist Elspeth Walker tells Pain Concern’s Christine Johnston about visualisation in order to relieve stress caused by pain; Teamwork – GP Mark Ritchie explains how patient care ...

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Pain Matters 51

Inside issue 51: Wrist pain – Kiera Jones, a speaker at the 2011 UK Pain Summit, talks about how her life and career has changed in the years since first developing chronic wrist pain; Meditation – Marion Beatson presents a meditation technique that has helped her manage her chronic ...

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Pain Matters 50

Inside issue 50: A tribute to Pete Mackenzie – former colleagues and patients of Scotland’s first Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, Pete Mackenzie, share memories of him; Cannabis – Dr Willy Notcutt discusses the benefits and possible side effects of using medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain; Sunrise Walk – Pat Onions ...

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