This booklet has been written to help you understand the nature of
chronic pain and to assist you to find the best advice and treatment.
You are not alone in suffering chronic pain. Everybody experiences
short term pain from time to time, but there are surprisingly many
people, like yourself, who have experienced pain over a long period
with little or no relief.
Over the last decade or so there have been many advances in the world
of medicine. Unfortunately, there are still no specific 'cures' for
many types of chronic pain. We do, however, have several treatments
which may offer partial relief (and in some cases complete relief),
and certain treatments which are only available from health
professionals who have particular skills in the treatment of chronic
Pain is a complex individual experience with sensory, emotional and
social aspects. It is important to understand that no two people will
experience the same pain in the same way. This is because the
messages that pain gives to our brain may not be interpreted by one
person in the same way as another person, and because our individual
experience of life colours the way we experience and express our pain.
We intend that this short booklet be of some help to you in
understanding the nature of your pain problem, and hope that it may
aid in your search for a measure of relief.