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What is Pain and why do I suffer from it?

Pain is usually caused by an injury, a health condition or a disease. It may be acute, temporary or chronic, and is often divided into the categories below:

  • Pain caused by damaged tissue (‘nociceptive pain’), for example damage to the skin or muscles.
  • Neuropathic (nerve) pain.
  • Psychogenic (mental) pain.
  • Chronic pain caused by conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Arthritis.

Different types of pain may require different types of treatment, and it is important that you seek professional advice so that it can be treated correctly. If pain is left untreated, it may have a negative impact on your somatosensory system, making it increasingly sensitive. It may also have an impact on your nervous system.

How is Pain diagnosed?

Your doctor will use a range of methods to try to find the cause of the pain. He or she will ask you questions related to your symptoms and your medical history. It will help your doctor if you can use descriptive words when explaining the pain you are experiencing.

Words to describe pain may include:

  • Dull and/or throbbing pain
  • Intense and/or sharp pain
  • Stabbing pain
  • Burning or pulsating pain.
  • Tingling pain.

Depending on the nature of your pain, your doctor will also examine you and may order blood tests and/or other relevant tests, such as MRI or CT scans.

Please note, pain cannot and should not be diagnosed via websites or online services. If you have not yet been diagnosed, it is important that you consult your own doctor before seeking or ordering pain relief treatment online.

What are the treatment options for Pain?

The pain relief you are prescribed or recommended will depend on the type of pain you are experiencing. Based on your condition, your doctor may choose to prescribe a single treatment or a combination of multiple options. Some common treatments are listed below.

Medicines for pain relief include:

  • Over the counter pain relief, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Prescription medicines, such as codeine or gabapentin.

It is important that you consult your GP or pharmacist before taking any painkillers as you will need help to determine which ones are right for you and your condition.

Non-medication treatments for pain relief include:

  • Gentle forms of physical exercise, such as walking or swimming.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Different forms of therapy, such as CBT.
  • Acupuncture.

Please discuss these forms of treatment with your GP before trying them yourself. This will help you ensure you get the most out of your treatment.

Can Pain be treated without medicines?

Yes, certain types of pain may benefit from treatments other than medicines. If there are no underlying health conditions or injuries, back pain for example can most often benefit from gentle exercise and physical therapy instead of painkillers.

For other types of pain, such as knee pain, losing excess weight may help to relieve the pain alongside a low-impact exercise plan.

Is treatment for Pain safe to order online?

Yes, it may be safe to order pain relief online, however, it depends highly on the source or website. To avoid fraudulent or scammy websites, you must do your own research before ordering any medicines online.

There are a few things you can do to verify whether a website is operating legally:

What will the doctor need to know?

It is important that you provide as much information as possible when requesting your prescription. Most medical questionnaires on the Doctor-4-U website allows you to answer the doctor’s questions while also submitting additional information. Simply include the information in any of the text boxes within the questionnaire.

It is crucial that you let our doctors know about any other medicines you may take, any other health condition you may have as well as any allergies.

Additional information and resources about Pain:

NHS Choices: Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

The Order Process

1.      Choose your treatment

2.      Answer Our Doctor's Questions

3.      Prescription is issued

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