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People often say that they want to do more things. They want to get fitter, lose weight or more independent. Yet despite having tried time and time again they end up worse, back to square one and feeling disheartened.
Do you recognize this pattern? On a day that you’re feeling a little better in yourself - the pain does not seem to be too bad – you decide to clear out all the rubbish in the garage, or to walk to the shops rather than drive. You get up and start and maybe even finish the job, or make it to the shops. You feel good. The next day your pain increases, your mood plummets, you rest more than usual or even stay in bed. You find that you’re on a short fuse, end up taking more tablets and having an argument with your partner or children.
This is very common. And it’s disheartening. But this factsheet aims to help you change that! Read on to find out more. If you want more information, then go to the ‘Get More Information’ section of the KYOH Patient Online Platform, accessible on the right hand side of the Pain Service website. If you’re not registered on the Patient Online Platform, then click on the ‘Get more information/resources’ section of the same website.
The third step in the Ten Footsteps to Living Well With Pain is 'Pacing'.
An information video on pacing, planning and prioritising hosted by Ryan Snell, Pain Specialist at Somerset Community Pain Management Service.
Everything you need to know about the support that's available in Somerset to help you become healthy and improve your wellbeing.
Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) is dedicated to increasing the health and happiness of residents in Somerset through physical activity and sport.
This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service will help you get started:
People often say they want to do more things, get fitter, lose weight or be more independent and yet despite having tried time and time again end up worse.
Use this factsheet to explore how you can control your activity by pacing yourself and planning your activity.
The people who cope best with back pain are those who stay active and get on with life. Regular sport and exercise has proven to be very valuable in the management of back pain. Advice is available on what exercises and activities may be suitable
This worksheet is designed to get you to think about managing your activities so that they don't affect your pain. Learning to pace and think through how you do your routine daily tasks can really help you to manage your pain and overcome it.
Exercise is both an excellent way of preventing back pain and reducing it. If you have recurring bouts of back pain, this information could be really helpful.
"I am an unemployed single mum of one. I have suffered with back and shoulder problems for nearly 10 years, from a couple of years before becoming pregnant with my daughter". Read on to find out more about how Saira managed to cope with her pain whilst keeping her mood positive.
This factsheet has information on how to best take care of your back through some slow, easy exercises. They're designed to keep you comfortable, whilst gently strengthening your back.
For registered users
How do I register?
If you have been referred to the Somerset Community Pain Management Service and have received your first appointment letter, you will have been given access to Patients Online at the same time and told how to register. You can do this at Register, below.
If you've received your first appointment letter but are unable to register on the platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for our Patients online service
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Join our online community of other people managing pain with the Somerset Community Pain Management Service