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Help for chronic pain sufferers

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By Fiona Reid
Help for chronic pain sufferers

PHARMACIES in Dumfries and Galloway are lending their support to a charity which offers a lifeline to people who suffer chronic pain.

Pain Association Scotland is a unique charity which, through self-management education sessions, can help improve the quality of life of sufferers by teaching them how to self-manage their pain, empowering them to live independently in their community and ultimately lead a batter quality of life.

Now, 34 community pharmacies in Dumfries and Galloway are handing out Pain Association Scotland information cards alongside prescriptions for chronic pain medication.

It is hoped the cards will help make chronic pain sufferers aware that there is help available through the charity.

Professor Sonia Cottom, director of Pain Association Scotland, said: “It is important that people know there is help for them out there and they are not alone.

“Chronic pain can be severe and can have a massive impact on people’s lives, their work, their family, and can leave people isolated, depressed and anxious.

“Our sessions are not a cure for pain but rather to help people address the issues that can exacerbate pain, such as poor sleep, stress, lack of activity and the difficulties people have in accepting their condition.

“There are no waiting lists, and they are free to attend. You will not be judged and never be asked about your condition unless you want to discuss it.”

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