Chronic pain is surprisingly common. Understandably, statistics vary from source to source and from country to country, but even conservative estimates suggest that in excess of 20% of adults suffer from chronic pain.
With so many sufferers, there are a vast array of support groups, networks and organisations. Below, we have provided the details of a number of such groups, in respects of which we have received positive feedback. If a particular group is not mentioned below, that does not imply that it is not doing valuable work.
Pain UK – www.painuk.org
An alliance of charities providing a voice for people suffering chronic pain.
The Pain Relief Foundation – www.painrelieffoundation.org.uk
A registered charity whose aims are research and the dissemination of information relating to chronic pain.
Pain Concern – www.painconcern.org.uk
Providing information, support and awareness for chronic pain.
The British Pain Society – www.britishpainsociety.org
Aimed at healthcare professionals working in the field of chronic pain, their website also contains some useful information and resources.
Burning Nights – www.chronicpaincrps.com
Run by a CRPS sufferer, this website promotes public awareness of CRPS, as well as providing information and support for sufferers and their wider support networks.
Action on Pain – www.action-on-pain.co.uk
A registered charity whose aims are the dissemination of information for chronic pain sufferers and the raising of public awareness of chronic pain.
Pain Support – www.painsupport.co.uk
Information and support for those suffering chronic pain.
The Pain Toolkit – www.paintoolkit.org
A very useful website featuring pain management techniques and information.