Tag: Pain relief

New NICE guidelines advise drug treatments ‘ineffective’ for chronic primary pain

New draft guidelines issued for consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advise against the use of many routine drugs for chronic primary pain. This includes paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e aspirin and ibuprofen) benzodiazepines or opioids. The guidelines state these should not be offered because there is little or no evidence that they make any difference to people’s quality of life, pain or psychological distress.

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Your words matter: How to explain your pain

If you’ve ever been asked to rate your pain on a 0-10 scale, you’ll know how hard that can be. It might change. It might be a 3/10 in the morning, but a 9/10 when you start moving. So when someone asks you to rate it out of 10, what do you do? Do you put it as a 3 or a 9? Or do you go somewhere in the middle and say a 6/10? Taking the middle road might seem like a good idea, and is often what happens. The problem is- that doesn’t explain to your chiropractor that sometimes it’s not so bad, and sometimes it’s a heck of a lot worse and completely stops you from doing anything with your day.

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