Library books provide help for chronic pain sufferers

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Rhona Guild (left) handed over books to Lesley Marr of Angus Alive

A series of resources to help people living with chronic pain is available in libraries across Tayside thanks to support from Tayside Health Fund.

Chronic pain is one of the most common long term conditions affecting the population. Tayside Health Fund provided funding for educational and support materials to be made available in libraries, including mobile libraries.

Chronic pain is defined as a pain that has lasted longer than three months after the usual recovery period for an illness or injury. Chronic pain can be felt in a specific part of the body or throughout the body. The pain may be continuous or occasional and may feel worse some days than others.

Rhona Guild, Long Term Conditions Lead in Angus, said, “This funding from Tayside Health Fund has allowed us to purchase more resources following the success of chronic pain resources which were donated to libraries in 2015.

“We are delighted to be able to further extend the range of chronic pain books available in libraries across Tayside. These resources, recommended by local specialists in chronic pain management, aim to provide people with reliable and practical information to help them live well with chronic pain.

“We chose to extend the range after feedback from libraries that, although the first set of books were being well used, the range was relatively small which limited choice for people.

“Living with chronic pain impacts on people in different ways and for some it can impact greatly on relationships, activities and mood. For that reason, medical treatment, including medication, is only part of the support available to people to manage their pain well. These books will support people with self-management techniques and information on how to live healthily.

“We hope that the books will be of particular help to those without internet access. For those who prefer online resources, we would recommend Pain Association Scotland www.chronicpaininfo.org and Pain Concern www.painconcern.org.uk

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