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‘Living With Chronic Pain’ by Neil Berry
Living with chronic pain is by no means an easy task but....
The following self help mp3 audio tracks have been kindly provided by Mr Neil Berry
who is an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Hampshire Community Health Care
in Southampton / Hythe. He works full time with people who live with chronic pain
and is a member of the British Pain Society.
I met Neil in 2006 and having listened to his CD many times,I can recommend it from
Higher quality downloads and a CD are also available from Neil's website ( which
is a not- for- profit website). at www.paincd.org.uk
Please turn on your loudspeakers.
Track 1: Living With Chronic Pain
This introduction track highlights the fact that chronic pain is very real whether
the precise causes have been identified or not. It also explains the limitations
of current treatments and emphasises the value of "helping yourself".
Whatever the causes of a person's chronic pain, it often leads to a reduction in
fitness and flexibility and this can mean a reduced quality of life. Also, varying
pain levels often lead to fluctuations in activity that, in turn, can wind up the
pain. This track encourages you to gently work on reversing these trends.
This track continues the focus on the physical effects of pain. There are no quick
fixes for sleep problems just as there are no quick fixes for chronic pain. However,
it may still be possible to improve sleep. As for diet, it's worth paying some attention
to what you eat when your health and fitness is being challenged by pain... but there
are no quick fixes.
Very few find that pain medications can turn off the pain but they can turn the volume
down... for some. However, finding the right balance between benefits and side-effects
can be a significant challenge.
Many or most people with chronic pain experience negative emotions: frustration and
depression are probably the most common. This track outlines ways of dealing with
these understandable but unwanted and unhelpful emotional reactions.