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This page aims to answer some of the questions you may have about the Chronic Pain Management Service and coping with your pain. If cannot find the answer you need, you can contact us on 01473 703435 and we will do our best to answer your query.

Chronic Pain Management Service FAQs

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Can chronic pain be cured?

It all depends on the cause of the pain. Your consultant will be able to tell you more about your individual case. Usually, though, it is unlikely. This is because doctors do not know how to ‘switch off’ the over-sensitive pain nerves which cause the pain.

For most people, the pain does not usually go away altogether. But just because a ‘cure’ cannot be found, it does not mean that there is nothing that can be done to make the situation better. In these cases, the focus of treatment is on learning to manage and cope with the pain as best you can in order to make your quality of life as good as possible.

Living with chronic pain is a bit like living with any other chronic (long-term) health condition, like heart disease or diabetes. It may not be possible to get rid of or cure the condition, but it is possible to limit its impact on your life by learning to manage and cope with it effectively. It is also possible to reverse some of the effects of the pain, and to work towards desensitising the pain system so pain becomes less of a problem.