See resources and links in Patient UK for the following painful conditions:
- Back pain
- Breast pain
- Neck Pain
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Main umbrella pain support groups and organisations
Funds research into the causes and treatment of chronic pain. Leaflets, tapes, books, etc, available on a wide range of pain related topics.
A national charity providing support for people affected by chronic pain, either as a sufferer or a carer/relative.
UK society of health professionals involved in pain management and research. Includes information for patients.
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.
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.
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.
Supporting people with peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain.
Reliable information provided by Arthritis Research UK.
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.
From the Patients Association.
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 - 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 - from Patient UK.
- Neuropathy Trust
- Neuropathic Pain - pharmacological Management - from NICE.
Phantom Limb Pain
- Phantom limb pain - from the Pain Relief Foundation.
- Fibromyalgia Association - provides comprehensive information on FM for patients.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - from the Pain Relief Foundation.
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - from the RSD Alliance, an umbrella organisation for all those organizations wishing to help those with Complex regional pain syndrome.
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - from NHS Choices.
Medicines for pain relief
From the British Pain Society - generally considered the authorative guide on this controversial topic.
From the Pain Relief Foundation.
Information from emc Medicine Guides.
Information from emc Medicine Guides.
Detailed information on various drugs from the Arthritis UK.
Information from West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.
Information from Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
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.
A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.
A patient experience video from Healthtalkonline.
A young patient experience video from Youthhealthtalk.
Has information about several types of common chronic pain conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia.
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.
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.
Supply TENS units throughout the UK and internationally.
UK based organisation providing tens machines for pain relief.
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
The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.
- PatientPlus - hundreds of medical reference articles provided by Patient UK.
- Evidence Based Medicine - such as from Clinical Evidence, The Cochrane Library, etc.
- Database of UK Clinical Guidelines - from NICE, SIGN, etc.
- Medline - abstracts available from thousands of journals.
- Sites listing free online medical textbooks and journals.
- Sites listing free medical images - pictures, atlases, anatomy, skin diseases, etc.