If you are living with pain

Following a very successful initial Pain Self-Management course which helped Angus residents living with pain, a new course is due to start on Tuesday, May 15, in Brechin.

This eight-week course, held at Brechin Infirmary from 1.30 to 4pm, will be delivered by Pain Association Scotland and supported by Angus Community Health Partnership.

This course is for anyone suffering with chronic pain, regardless of the cause, who would like to find out what they can do to self-manage their pain more effectively.

Over the eight weeks the course aims to improve people’s understanding of pain and give them the skills to better manage their health. Topics which will be covered will include understanding pain and its impact on life, stress management, pacing/coping skills, dealing with pain flare-ups and understanding medication.

Designed to be very relaxed the course encourages friendly interactive participation from members through questions and answer sessions and informal discussion groups. More importantly the course brings people together who are all experiencing similar symptoms giving them the opportunity to hear how others cope with their pain.

Rhona Guild, Primary Care Manager, Angus CHP, said: “Improved self-management of their condition can make a real difference to people’s lives and feedback from others who have completed this course report that they cope better with their pain, feel less isolated have fewer flare-ups and generally feel more positive about life.

“So if you are aged 18 or over, living in Angus and would like to manage your pain more effectively then this course may be for you.”

For more information and to book a place on the course please call the Angus Primary care Team on 01307 474889 or e-mail achptraining.tayside@nhs.net. Places are limited so booking is essential.