NCUK Virtual Patient Handbook


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Pain - Terminology & overview of pain types

There are things that can affect how you feel pain, such as fear, anxiety, depression, a lack of sleep / not being able to carry on with usual activities including work. Feeling fatigued, weak / being anaemic - alongside hormone excess related symptoms - can also affect how pain is experienced. ‘Painkillers’ (pain relieving medicines) are possibly the main treatment that most people expect to be given when they have pain, but they may not be the right or only effective therapy. Finding the right treatment for you is important, and identifying the cause of your pain can help in deciding on what treatment / intervention may be most effective for you.

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