Although in many cases there may be no cure for chronic pain, appropriate management can lead to better health outcomes.
It is very important to find a supportive and understanding GP, as they will be your primary point of contact for your pain condition. In collaboration with you, your GP can develop a Chronic Disease Management Plan. If you have associated mental health issues, you can also access help through a Mental Health Treatment Plan. The GP may also recommend consulting a specialist.
To help you talk to your GP about pain, use the NPS MedicineWise chronic pain communication tool. You may also want to sign up to PainTrain – My Health Summary which allows you to upload your medical history and test results and communicate your pain journey with health professionals.
Chronic pain is best managed with a multidisciplinary pain management approach that takes into account the physical, psychological and environmental factors that influence the experience of pain. It involves the use of other therapies and strategies that are non-invasive and non-medicinal.
If your pain cannot be effectively managed by your GP, you may need to be referred to a specialist pain clinic that offers a multidisciplinary pain management program. Note there may be long wait times at clinics in public hospitals. Private pain clinics have shorter wait times but there is a fee.
Learn more about multidisciplinary pain clinics (NSW ACI Fact Sheet).