The Pain Toolkit
Short booklet on managing pain. Good starting point. Free to download from this fantastic website: www.paintoolkit.org.
Also available for download in a new app for your mobile phone or tablet.
The Pain Clinic
Part of our local pain service. Specialist doctors and nurses assess long term pain and help with medication and sometimes other medical procedures.
Pain Self-Management Service
Part of our local pain service. Based in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and Hereford. Helping people to live well with pain.
Pain Management Plan
Great practical book about living with long term pain. Buy it from Amazon or the publisher’s site. Also available from the pain self-management service where you can work through it with support from a clinician.
Meditation exercises to help with stress and pain. Courses available through Pain Self-Management and Let’s Talk.
Living with Pain
Self-management CD. Listen online, buy the CD or download for free. Includes guided relaxation session designed for people with persistent pain.
A UK based charity to help people with persistent pain.
Wonderful online radio programme about pain “Airing Pain”: www.ableradio.com.
Local courses and one-to-one help for depression, anxiety, insomnia etc. 6-week Manage Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue course. Refer yourself online or by phone.
Gloucestershire Physiotherapy Healthy Living
Links to all the services in your local area to help you get more active, even if you are limited by pain and fatigue.
You can self-refer for physiotherapy online: www.ghtlibrary.glos.nhs.uk/physioform.
For Occupational Therapy, Housing/Social Work enquiries. You can refer yourself.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Provides free confidential advice on benefits, legal matters, money and other problems.
Your healthcare professional can refer you to free, friendly community art classes where you can discover a new interest, be creative and meet other people. You do not need to be good at art! Classes all around the county.
Confidential listening service. Available to take calls 24/7 but you can also visit the local branch or write an email.
My Live Well with Pain
Offers useful information and resources on living well with persistent pain.