Natural Painkillers: Nice Guidance Changes for Chronic Pain

In the news recently, NICE changed the guidelines for people with chronic pain:

In a major change of pain treatment policy, the National Institute for health and Care Excellence (Nice) say that in future, doctors should advise sufferers to use physical and psychological therapies rather than analgesics to manage their pain.

Sufferers should not be started on commonly used medications such as paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, benzodiazepines or opioids, which poses risks including addiction, the watchdog says.

The Guardian

My first thought as a chronic pain sufferer was that I’d like to see them try to manage without them! Then, I reminded myself that a lot of chronic pain actually stems from something going wrong with the brain and signalling in the nervous system, rather than being in the local area where we feel it, so they will be right in many cases.

Check out my Pain Disorders Factsheet where I go into this in much more detail and give you some other approaches – with videos to watch – as well as ideas for natural painkillers that are not addictive or harmful.

I hope it helps.

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