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See resources and links in Patient UK for the following painful conditions:

Main umbrella pain support groups and organisations

Pain Relief Foundation

Funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain. Leaflets, tapes, books, etc, available on a wide range of pain related topics.

Action on Pain

A national charity providing support for people affected by chronic pain, either as a sufferer or a carer/relative.

British Pain Society

UK society of health professionals involved in pain management and research. Includes information for patients.

Chronic Pain Policy Coalition

Established in 2006, the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) is a forum uniting professionals, parliamentarians and patients who operate at a policy level to develop an improved strategy for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain and its associated conditions.

Pain Concern

UK charity providing information and support for people who live with pain and those who care for and about them. Listening-ear helpline. Free leaflets to help you manage your pain. Their magazine 'Pain Matters' brings you information such as: how to cope with pain; how well are our pain services working? updates on the latest developments.


A friendly, supportive and informative not-for-profit organisation for those with chronic pain. An interactive site with a confidential contact club and lively discussion page.

Pain Community Centre

A website developed by Cardiff University's School of Medicine offering professional development education to healthcare professionals, patients and members of the public. Registered healthcare professionals can register for the website - providing access to professional courses, articles, information about local events and contact with other practitioners from across the UK. Members of the public and non-qualified healthcare professionals will also be able to take the courses and access articles, making the website a useful tool for both patients and relatives wishing to improve their own knowledge of pain management.

Neuropathy Trust

Supporting people with peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain.

Complex regional pain syndrome

Reliable information provided by Arthritis Research UK. 

The Pain Toolkit

Pete Moore, who has persistent pain, asthma and osteoarthritis, has put these tools together with the help of friends, family and health care professionals - special acknowledgement to the Bradford pain Rehabilitation Programme team and NHS Kirklees PCT.

Pain Management - How to get the best from your Health Services

From the Patients Association.

Chronic Pain

Selfhelp guide from Moodjuice, an Internet site developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley.

Information on differing types of pain

Adult Post Operative Pain Management

  • Prospect - an online resource to assess evidence for interventions to relieve pain in specific clinical situations, and questions the appropriateness of generalising this information to other clinical circumstances. The group has developed evidence-based guidelines for the management of post-operative pain related to a number of surgical procedures, including elective open colorectal surgery, total knee replacement and mastectomy.

Cancer Pain

  • Cancer Pain - a patient guide to complement the SIGN national guideline for health professionals.
  • Cancer and pain control - what help to expect when you have pain related to cancer from Cancer Research UK.

Neuropathic Pain

Phantom Limb Pain


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Medicines for pain relief

Opioids for persistent pain

From the British Pain Society - generally considered the authorative guide on this controversial topic.

Drugs for Nerve Pain

From the Pain Relief Foundation.


Information from emc Medicine Guides.

Pain (severe)

Information from emc Medicine Guides.

Drugs used to treat arthritis

Detailed information on various drugs from the Arthritis UK.

Fentanyl Patches for Use in the Management of Chronic/Persistent Pain

Information from West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.

Pain Relief at Home – A guide to your ‘pain killers’ and how to take them

Information from Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Other resources

NHS choices

NHS Choices is the government's health portal. It has a number of pages on managing pain and a useful blog on arthritis which discusses pain treatment options.


This hosts the Oxford Pain Internet Site. It firmly based in the principles of evidence-based medicine and has pulled together systematic reviews with pain as an outcome. It is generally regarded as the authoritative guide on pain treatments.

Pain (chronic neuropathic or ischaemic) - Spinal Cord Stimulation

A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.

Chronic Pain

A patient experience video from Healthtalkonline.

Youth Health Talk - Chronic Pain

A young patient experience video from Youthhealthtalk.

The Chronic Pain Management Clinic

Has information about several types of common chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia.

Bath Pain Management Services

Bath Pain Management Service aim to enhance individuals' daily functioning, allowing them to return to activities that are important to them, whether their pain is reduced or not. They are a regional centre for rehabilitation of complex pain problems where there is a high degree of disability and a national centre for children and adolescent pain. The website describes psychological therapies’ role in managing pain which can often be misunderstood.

Body Clock Heath Care Ltd

Sell a wide range of TENS machines which can help alleviate pain (drug free), useful for stress, nausea, back pain, rheumatism, arthritis, post operative pain, headache, labour pains.

Natures Gate

Supply TENS units throughout the UK and internationally.


UK based organisation providing tens machines for pain relief.

Relaxation reviews

Independent reviews of guided relaxation tapes and CDs, with a section on tapes for pain.

Further sources / more detailed information

Some non-UK sites


The following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.

More detailed medical information

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