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Smokers are three times more likely to develop chronic back pain. They are also more likely to have increased activity in the brain pathways implicated in addiction (between the nucleus accumbens and the medial prefrontal cortex).
Former daily smokers report higher levels of pain than people who have never smoked daily, and their pain levels are similar to people who currently smoke daily, according to a new UCL study.
People who smoke, and even those who have given up, report living in more pain than those who have never picked up the habit, a report suggests.
This is a factsheet written by the Somerset Community Pain Management Service takes you through the basics - what is Long Term Pain? What causes it? How can we manage it?
Somerset Choices enables people in Somerset to find various local support services, including care support groups, transport facilities, local leisure groups, events, training etc. in their area.
Suffering from back pain can have a big impact on your everyday routine - making you feel as though you are unable to carry out normal activities such as sport or work.
This website can help you understand what persistent pain is and offers tips, advice and information to help you self-manage your condition and enjoy a better quality of life.
A persistent pain problem can be difficult to understand and manage on an everyday basis. This Pain Toolkit website has been developed from the Pain Toolkit, a simple information booklet that provides you with handy tips and skills to support you along the way to managing your pain.
The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. Read on to find advice on identifying your type of pain, and which type of painkillers would suit you best.
Pain Concern provide expert explanations about where pain comes from, what it is, and how pain becomes a condition in its own right.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability provide information and advice about chronic pain. Read on to find out more.
Patient.co.uk provides information relating to all sorts of pain.
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