All About Pain

All about pain… How you can get fast relief to get on with your life

Pain is a very common complaint, with an estimated 10 million people in the UK experiencing some pain most days*. But because it's so common, there are lots of ways you can manage and relieve it, leaving you free to get on with enjoying your life. *The British Pain Society

There are two classes of pain:

  • Acute - pain that resolves quickly, usually in fewer than 30 days, such as an occasional headache or sprained ankle.
  • Chronic - continuous, long-term pain of usually more that 12 weeks or pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing. Chronic pain, such as arthritis, is estimated to affect 13 - 48% of UK population*.
*European Consensus Report Pain Proposal
Pain relief…Talk to us about what's best for you

If you're experiencing mild-to-moderate pain, there are lots of products out there you can use to relieve your symptoms. If you have any concerns about your pain or need advice about what to take, just speak to your pharmacy team; particularly if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, have any health conditions or take any medicines. Always read the label and never exceed the maximum dose.

Over the Counter Painkillers

The most common painkillers you can use without prescription are paracetamol and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen or diclofenac. Both will give you pain relief, but it's recommended that you use paracetamol first as it has fewer side effects.

Paracetamol is used to treat mild-to-moderate pains, such as headaches, sore throats, sprains and toothache. If your pain is accompanied by swelling or inflammation in your muscles or joints, an NSAID may be helpful as it has an anti-inflammatory as well as a pain-relieving effect. But don't use an NSAID within the first 48 hours of a strain or sprain as it could interfere with the healing process.

Other forms of pain relief

Depending on the cause of your pain, you may wish to try one of the other forms of pain relief available, from gels and gel pads to wraps and sprays. Many of these work by applying heat or cold to soothe the area affected. Some products contain ibuprofen or similar ingredients that are rapidly absorbed through the skin to reduce inflammation at the site of the pain.

Lloydspharmacy also stocks a range of TENS machines. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Small painless electrical pulses are sent via pads through the skin and along the nerve fibres. The pulses, which you control at all times, help to ease pain in two ways: by blocking your body's pain signals to the brain; and by stimulating your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, endorphins.

If your pain is severe or lasts for more than a few days, you should always see your doctor or speak to your pharmacist. As well as being able to prescribe many products available over the counter, your doctor may be able to prescribe stronger medication.

Products to help with day-to-day activities

If your painful conditions give you difficulty with day-to-day activities, such as getting around, opening jars and turning taps, take a look at our Betterlife product range which provides all sorts of solutions to help make your life easier.

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