Managing your pain

All of us, at some time, suffer pain. Sometimes that pain is merely irritating, passing and inconvenient. At other times it may be excruciating, persistent and debilitating.

Acute pain generally lasts for a short time. When the cause is treated the pain should go away. Pain is called chronic when it does not go away and you have experienced pain on most days of the week for a number of months.

Medicine can cure many conditions, but it may not be able to completely ease your chronic pain. However, with proper management, most chronic pain can be relieved to a tolerable level.

If you suffer from chronic pain you are advised to first speak to your regular GP who can then refer you to see a pain management specialist who will be able to set you up with a pain management plan.

For a locum doctor to be able to assist you with a chronic pain related condition, you will be required to supply them with a copy of your pain management plan. It should be noted that our locum doctors are not able to implement a pain management plan for you when they attend a home visit.

It is also important to note that our locum doctors adhere to a strict narcotics policy and is compliant with the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. They do not carry strong pain medication (of addiction) with them on their home visits. They also will not be able to write a prescription for this type of medication.

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