For many people living with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis can be disabling and frustrating. However, there are many things which you can do to help manage your health with the support of health care profesionals, family, friends and work colleagues.
With this in mind NHS Forth Valley has produced a simple information booklet to provide you with some handy tips and skills to support you along the way along with details of local support groups.
- The Self Care Toolkit for People Living With Chronic Pain
A helpful booklet for people in the NHS Forth Valley area who are living with a persistant health condition’s.
- Self Care Toolkit – My Support Plan
Designed to support the practical tools described in the Self Care Tool Kit listed above.
For more visit our Support and Resources section for local and national information and support groups.
A new national website has also been developed to help people discover how self management can make life better. The website www.myconditionmylife.org also has real life stories, common questions and answers about long term conditions and details of further support and advice. In addition to My Life My Condition www.chronicpainscotland.org is where to get reliable information and advice about how to help with chronic pain.
What is Chronic Pain?
Most people get back to normal after pain that might come on after an injury or an operation or for no apparent reason. Sometimes the pain carries on for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment – this is called chronic or persistent pain.
Chronic pain is a long term condition in itself. It can affect anybody of any age and any part of the body.
Sometimes it can also be a problem for people with conditions like diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel and back pain. People can also experience chronic pain even after usual medical tests don’t provide an answer.