A persistent pain problem can be difficult to understand and manage on an everyday basis.
Like many people, I struggled to manage my pain back in the early 1990s. I was lucky to get myself on the INPUT Pain Management Programme which gave me the information, but more importantly the confidence, to manage my pain, myself.
Since 1997 I haven’t had the need to take any pain medication, simply because I still use the information from the programme.
Is it easy? Well it’s like most things, you have to work at it. I’m not an academic guy, but if I can do it, then I know others can as well.
The Pain Toolkit is a simple information booklet that could provide you with some handy tips and skills to support you along the way to manage your pain.
It is not meant to be the last word in pain self-management but a handy guide to help you get started.
All you need is to be willing to read it and take on board some of the suggestions.
Pete Moore is the author of the Pain Toolkit.
He successfully lives with persistent pain, asthma, prostate cancer and osteoarthritis.
He has put these tools together with the help of friends, family and healthcare professionals.
“Make self-managing your pain your first choice and not a last resort.”