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Chronic pain is a pain that persists beyond the normal time of healing or occurs in diseases in which healing does not take place.  Chronic pain  can occur when no obvious cause can be found, and is thought to be due to changes in the nervous system.  Chronic pain is often accompanied by severe psychological and social disturbance. Chronic pain affects 7.8  million people of all ages in every parliamentary constituency of the UK. But two recent independent reports  support a government commissioned survey that identified pain services in the UK as ‘variable and patchy.

When poorly managed, conditions associated with pain can have a devastating impact on the quality of life of  individuals and their families. 25% of those diagnosed with chronic pain go on to lose their jobs and in 22% of  cases chronic pain also leads to depression. The failure to implement an effective prevention and treatment  strategy for chronic pain not only imposes an unnecessary burden on patients, but also represents an  inefficient allocation of time, money and professional expertise.  This includes 4.6 million GP appointments per  year that often end without resolution leading to further appointments and £3.8 billion a year spent on  incapacity benefit payments to those diagnosed with chronic pain. Pain is the second most common reason  given by claimants of incapacity benefit. Few of these people are ever given a realistic opportunity to return to  work, some are confined to living in poverty and many are forced to give up their personal aspirations and  independence..

An improved chronic pain strategy that enables people to regain their independence may not involve  significant additional resources, is likely to be cost-effective, and could help boost the national economy by up  to £18 billion each year through increased output and productivity


 

With thanks to the Pain Coalition (2009) for enabling us to use this extract

 

(2015 - Chronic Pain now affects 14 million people)

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