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Transcript – Programme 123: Opioids and Chronic Pain

March 01 , 2021
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Rethinking long-term pain management To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer a PDF? Click here orDownload This edition of Airing Pain has been supported with a grant from Kyowa Kirin donated for this purpose.  The opioid crisis reached its peak in the United States in 2017, where addiction and overprescription have led to ...

Airing Pain 122: The Many Faces of Research

May 05 , 2020
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Visiting the forefront of research into pain conditions This edition of Airing Pain has been supported with a grant from The Mirianog Trust donated for this purpose. It was recorded at the end of April 2020, the second month of the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. All interviews were recorded prior ...

Transcript – Programme 105: Singing, Laughter, Speech and Pleasure

August 01 , 2019
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Singing, laughing and the feel good factor. Pain Management, the fun way. This edition has been funded by the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer a PDF? Click here. The British Pain Society’s (BPS) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) allows the multidisciplinary nature of the society ...

Transcript – Programme 107: Easing Pain Appointments with the Navigator Tool

November 12 , 2018
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How Pain Concern’s Navigator Tool can help focus pain appointments. This edition is funded by the Health and Social Care Alliance and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer a PDF? Click here. In 2015 Pain Concern released its report ‘Breaking barriers to self-management ...

Airing Pain 107: Easing Pain Appointments with the Navigator Tool

October 02 , 2018
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How Pain Concern’s Navigator Tool can help focus pain appointments This edition has been funded by funded by the Health and Social Care Alliance and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. In 2015 Pain Concern released its report ‘Breaking barriers to self-management of chronic pain in primary care’, marking the ...

Transcript – Programme 104: How Sleep and Chronic Pain Interact

September 25 , 2018
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More pain, less sleep. Less sleep, more pain. The relationship is a complex one, but what are the mechanisms behind the link between sleep and pain? This edition is funded by the Constance Travis Charitable Trust and the Isabella Memorial Trust. To listen to this programme, please click here. Prefer ...

Airing Pain 105: Singing, Laughter, Speech and Pleasure

August 01 , 2018
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Singing, laughing and the feel good factor; Pain management, the fun way For a full transcript of this programme, click here. This edition was funded by the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. The British Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) allows the multidisciplinary nature of the society to be reflected through seminars, scientific ...

Airing Pain 104: How Sleep And Chronic Pain Interact

July 31 , 2018
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More pain, less sleep; less sleep, more pain – The relationship is a complex one, but what are the mechanisms behind the link between sleep and pain? This edition of Airing Pain is funded by the Constance Travis Charitable Trust and the Isabella Memorial Trust. Sleep can be a ...

Airing Pain 82: Pain, PTSD and perfume

June 15 , 2016
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The emotional and physical impacts of injury and how to cope with them For a full transcript of this programme please click here. This edition has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust and the MacRobert Trust. In the third instalment of our Airing Pain miniseries on military veterans ...

Airing Pain 81 : Life after limb loss

June 02 , 2016
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Supporting amputee veterans to rebuild their lives, and psychological techniques beyond words For a full transcript of this programme please click here. This edition has been funded by the MacRobert Trust and the Forces in Mind Trust. Hundreds of veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan sustained injuries leading ...

Airing Pain 71: Protect our Girls

May 26 , 2015
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Persistent pain and the fight to end female genital mutilation For a full transcript of this programme please click here. [Tafadhali bofya hapa ili kusoma nukuu ya nakala ya programu hii iliyofasiriwa kwa Kiswahili.]   This edition has been funded by a grant from Rosa: The UK fund for women and girls Over 100,000 ...

Airing Pain 68: The Brain and the Genes

April 14 , 2015
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The science behind pain and its treatment, and why understanding it matters This edition has been funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. If someone steps on your toe, your toe hurts – simple as that, right? Wrong! Professor Rolf-Detlef Treede explains how the brain and nervous system ...

Airing Pain 67: Biopsychosocial and spiritual?

March 31 , 2015
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The place of faith in pain relief, plus physiotherapy meets mental health, and educating doctors This edition is funded by a donation from the residents at Falcon House, Edinburgh. It’s well established that pain needs to be understood and treated as a biopsychosocial problem, but what about the spiritual ...

Airing Pain 65: Hypnosis and Unexplained Pain

March 04 , 2015
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Bringing mind and body together to reduce pain with self-hypnosis This edition is funded by a grant from the Dorothy Howard Charitable Trust. In this edition of Airing Pain we hear how healthcare professionals can use hypnotic techniques to help people in pain. This is not the hypnosis of ...

Airing Pain 64: Patients, Pills and Policies

February 17 , 2015
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Making pain patients’ voices heard across Europe and changing the prescribing culture This edition has been funded by Grünenthal. Almost 100 million EU citizens have chronic pain, but there is still much progress to be made in improving diagnosis and treatment. Pain Concern’s Rowena Jacobs attended the fifth Societal ...

Airing Pain 60: Pain in the Family: Young adults 2 of 2

July 01 , 2014
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How pain affects the relationship between adults and young people and tips from a family therapist This edition has been funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian’s Self-directed Support Innovation Fund. In the second of our two programmes focusing on young carers for people in pain, ...

Airing Pain 57: Self-Management, Psychology and ‘Physio-terrorists’

May 20 , 2014
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Stiff joints and dark thoughts: treatment of pain and the person This edition has been funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. ‘Pain medicine isn’t good at dealing with the effect of pain on the person’, says Jonathan Bannister, Head of the Multidisciplinary Pain Team at Ninewells Hospital, ...

Airing Pain 56: Images and Perceptions

May 06 , 2014
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Artist’s impressions of pain in the clinic, and clubbing or model railways? Why living a good life with pain is in the eye of the beholder This edition has been funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. If only pain were visible…Deborah Padfield talks to producer Paul Evans ...

Airing Pain 51: At the Community Pain Management Programme

January 06 , 2014
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Practical insights and life-changing experiences at a community pain management course [For a Welsh language transcript please click here.] This edition has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All Programme in Wales. In the previous edition of Airing Pain we explored the pros and cons of taking ...

Airing Pain 47: The Power of the Mind

November 06 , 2013
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Investigating ancient and futuristic techniques to reduce pain using the power of the mind: from mindfulness to neuro-engineering This edition has been funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. In this edition of Airing Pain Paul Evans explores the possibility of controlling pain through techniques that focus on ...

Airing Pain 41: Inside a Multidisciplinary Pain Team

April 10 , 2013
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A look at how experts from different backgrounds work together in multidisciplinary pain teams This edition was funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Awards For All programme in Northern Ireland. Presenter Paul Evans travels to Northern Ireland to meet a multidisciplinary pain team at Craigavon Area Hopsital, including doctors, ...

Airing Pain 37: What is Pain?

July 27 , 2012
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What pain is, and why understanding your pain is important In this programme Professor Lorimer Moseley, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, explains the relationship between chronic pain and the brain, incorporating personal stories which illuminate this relationship. The importance ...

Airing Pain 5: Learning to Live with Pain

November 23 , 2010
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Learning how to live with pain and living with people in pain, and what pain management programmes do Pain management programmes can ‘remove the barriers’ that prevent people with pain from living a normal life, says Dr Owen Hughes of the Pain and Fatigue Management Centre in Bronllys, ...