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Top tips for getting relief from pain; Q & A.

Byline: WITH PHARMACIST PAREENA PATEL

We all reach for pain relief when aches and twinges take their toll but understanding what triggers your pain can also help you to manage it. Pharmacist Pareena Patel answers the most frequently asked questions when it comes to coping with pain.

How do pain relief medications work? When a part of your body is in pain or injured there are nerve endings that send pain signals to your brain. Pain relief medications interfere with those signals at the site of the pain, in the spine or brain.

There are many different pain relief options available and your pharmacist will know which is right for you.

What should I do if medication isn't relieving my pain? You might need to try different pain relief options to find the one that works best for you, or you could try a combination of medications - for example, taking paracetamol and ibuprofen together could be more effective than taking each on their own and you can buy it as a combination, called Combogesic.

If the pain's more intense you might need Co-Codamol which is codeine and paracetamol, although codeine can be addictive and should not be taken for more than three days in a row. Speak to your Pharmacist for advice tailored to you.

Why do I experience migraines regularly and what is the best way to treat them? The exact cause of migraines is unknown but there are many possible triggers like certain foods or drink - alcohol can be a big factor - the weather, hormones, exercise and even medication. It will vary from person to person so keep a diary to identify your triggers.

During an attack, try to sit or lie down in a darkened room, away from noise. There is over-the-counter medication available. Try to take it as soon as symptoms begin or it might not be as effective. If you're experiencing migraines regularly, talk to your GP.

How does pain affect sleep? Many people with chronic pain don't look forward to going to sleep because it often gets worse in bed. Try to stick to a normal routine as sleep deprivation has a negative effect too. Try and relax before going to bed and avoid caffeinated drinks, don't nap throughout the day and try gentle exercise to make yourself more tired so you will be more likely to fall asleep.

5 FACTS ON PAIN

10 million people experience pain each day in the UK - 15% of the British population.*

94% say back pain affects their daily activities

1 in 7 who visited LloydsPharmacy in 2017 rated their pain highly on the pain scale.**

51% of those were experiencing back pain.**

1 in 5 said that pain impacted their sleep.**

All those who visited LloydsPharmacy for pain in 2017 were given expert advice and product recommendation

* britishpainsociety.org ** LloydsPharmacy's 2017 Health Checks - data of file from Pain Assessment

Find out more about how you can combat pain by visiting your local LloydsPharmacy or visiting us online at LloydsPharmacy.com/Pain. Our healthcare experts are always there to help and they can give you all the advice you need on medication and managing your pain.

Find out more about how you can combat pain by visiting your local LloydsPharmacy or visiting us online at LloydsPharmacy.com/Pain. Our healthcare experts are always there to help and they can give you all the advice you need on medication and managing your pain.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2018
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