Taking the sting out of pain

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DURHAM University is holding a series of events to tackle the issues of chronic pain.

It’s A Pain will address how people live with pain of different kinds and the devastating effects on quality of life.

The series, organised by the university and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, will look at the anatomy of pain, the discomfort caused by anxiety and depression, analgesic drugs and their limitations, the effectiveness of complementary medicine and the role of exercise.

Also, the politics of pain management in the UK and in the developing world, where pain relief drugs are not available, will also be debated.

Dr Paul Chazot, of the university’s Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Chronic pain has never been a more relevant topic.

“About a fifth of the world’s population is believed to suffer from it. In Europe, chronic pain accounts for nearly 500million lost working days every year and costs the European economy more than £28billion during the same time period.”

The first lecture, How The Brain Is Wired For Pain, by Dr Michael Lee, a researcher at Oxford University and consultant in pain management, takes place at 6.30pm on Thursday, October 18, at the Calman Learning Centre, Science Site, Durham University DH1 3LE.

It is free and open to the public.