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Chronic Pain


Medline NLM definition of Pain: An unpleasant sensation induced by noxious stimuli and generally received by specialized nerve endings.

Chronic pain: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

PubMed Medline search on chronic pain

Support Groups

Pain Relief Foundation
UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of human chronic pain.

Pain Support
Personal site providing survival skills and therapy information.

healthtalk.org - have interviewed 47 people to find out their individual experiences of this condition.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.


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