Chronic Pain can be a very difficult concept to understand and there is a wealth of information available on the internet. Sadly, there is also a great deal of misinformation out there too and it can be hard to differentiate between the sensible, evidence-based advice and the quackery and nonsense. As an old mentor of mine once said: "Why would I want to look at the internet? As far as I can see it's a network of idiots exchanging lies and foolish opinions".
The purpose of this list is to guide you to the internet sites we've found that are worth visiting. There are plenty of other useful resources out there, this list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a starting point...
Paindoc this website is maintained by one of our partners and we could hardly leave it off our list.
Opioids Aware anyone who is taking, or thinking of taking, morphine or a related drug must visit this website. It has sections for both patients and medical professionals.
The Pain Toolkit Pete Moore's excellent resource for patients with chronic pain, essentially put together by people with chronic pain rather than by medical experts.
The Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists: on this page they offer advice to patients. It is a useful source of information leaflets.
The British Pain Society patient information pages.
Pain UK an alliance of charities providing a voice for people living in or with pain.
The SkeptVet is an American veterinary surgeon who takes a sceptical view (obviously). His approach has considerable relevance to human medicine and is his site is well worth a visit.
SMILE this is a link to the Preston SMILE self-help group for people with pain. There is also a group in Liverpool and one in Blackpool.
NHS advice on living with chronic pain.
This is a link to Fulwood Hall Hospital's website
And this takes you to the pages for the Royal Preston NHS clinic