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Living with pain

10 pain self-help tips

Practical ways to beat pain including relaxation tips, breathing exercises and courses for patients.

NHS help on offer for people with pain

There's help for people with long-term pain, including NHS pain management programmes.

Sex advice for people with chronic pain

Chronic pain sufferers can see their sex life fizzle out. Read advice on how to revive sex with your partner.

Which painkiller?

The benefits and side effects of painkillers, and how to choose the best painkiller to fight your type of pain.

Joint pain

There are different kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are the most common.

Prevent back pain at work

Avoid back pain at work, with tips on desk organisation, adjusting your chair and lifting safely.

Stay mobile and in work

It's important to keep active if you're in pain. If you stiffen up it can make the pain worse.

Video: pain clinics

A consultant describes what happens at an NHS pain clinic and the types of pain that can be treated there.

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Pharmacy and medicines

Using your local pharmacy's services could save you an unnecessary trip to your GP.

Long-term conditions

Living with a long-term condition, including healthcare, medicines and support.


Causes, symptoms and self-help tips, plus real stories on life with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


How to cope with headaches, including self help tips, triggers, pharmacy remedies and relaxation therapies.

Back pain

Tips to keep your back healthy and avoid pain, including exercises and advice on good posture.