Airing Pain is the online radio programme and podcast from Pain Concern ( month we bring together people with chronic pain and top specialists to talk about resources that can help.You can listen to Airing Pain every Tuesday and Sunday at 8pm via Able Radio (, with all episodes available on demand here and on our website ( subscribe via iTunes and podcast apps to get the latest progs delivered straight to your mobile.Pain Concern is a charity registered in Scotland SC023559


  • 124. Diabetic Neuropathy

    124. Diabetic Neuropathy

    01/09/2020 Duração: 29min

    Managing neuropathic pain related to diabetes, and how to adapt diet to treat the disease This edition of Airing Pain has been supported by a grant from The Champ Trust and Foundation Scotland According to the most recent Scottish Diabetes Survey in 2018, there are an estimated 304,000 people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in Scotland, around 5% of the population. A long-term effect of diabetes can be the development of diabetic neuropathy. This edition of Airing Pain focuses on neuropathic pain in people with diabetes, and how the X-PERT diabetes courses helps people to deal with the complications that arise when living with diabetes. First up, Paul Evans speaks to David Bennett, Professor of Neurology at the University of Oxford, who outlines the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and how the initial treatment plan differs between the types. Professor Bennett then goes on to describe how neuropathy develops in people living with diabetes and how neuropathic pain manifests. Paul then tal

  • 123. Opioids and Chronic Pain

    123. Opioids and Chronic Pain

    07/07/2020 Duração: 29min

    Rethinking long-term pain management  This edition of Airing Pain has been supported by a grant from Kyowa Kirin. The opioid crisis reached its peak in the United States in 2017, where addiction and overprescription have led to 218,000 deaths from prescription overdoses between the years of 1999 and 2017. The side effects of opioids can affect the day-to-day activities of people managing long-term or chronic pain, yet society as a whole has yet to fully evaluate the relationship between opioids and addiction.  In this edition of Airing Pain, producer Paul Evans talks to two leading pain specialists. First off, Paul Evans meets with Dr Srinivasa Raja, who discusses opioids effects on the body’s opioid receptors and how the human body processes pain. Dr Cathy Stannard then talks about the increase of opioid prescriptions in the UK and how the opioid crisis in the United Kingdom developed. In the second half of the programme, Paul speaks with Louise Trewern, a chronic pain patient and patient advocate, about

  • 122. The Many Faces of Research

    122. The Many Faces of Research

    05/05/2020 Duração: 29min

    Visiting the forefront of research into pain conditions This edition of Airing Pain has been supported with a grant from The Mirianog Trust donated for this purpose. It was recorded at the end of April 2020, the second month of the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. All interviews were recorded prior to the crisis. As research for a Covid-19 vaccine is a priority for the scientific community, this edition of Airing Pain focuses on the roles of researchers, and in particular the many disciplines that come together to increase the understanding, and therefore the management of chronic pain. First up, Paul Evans speaks to neurologist Claudia Sommer, whose research into fibromyalgia opens debate as to whether the condition should be treated as neuropathic pain. Physiotherapist David Easton then talks about the research-led ESCAPE PAIN rehabilitation exercise programme for people with osteoarthritis in their hips or knees. And finally, Paul visits the University of Bristol, where neuroscientist Bridget Lumb talks of the need

  • 121. Living with Persistent Pain in Wales

    121. Living with Persistent Pain in Wales

    03/03/2020 Duração: 41min

    Discussing the future of chronic pain services across Wales This edition of Airing Pain has been partially funded by an educational grant from Grünenthal Limited, donated for this purpose In April 2019, the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales launched the guidance document Living with Persistent Pain in Wales. Later, in December, the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition brought together some of Wales’s leading pain experts at the home of the Welsh parliament (or Senedd Cymru) in Cardiff, at an event chaired by Neil Betteridge, co-chair of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, a group which brings together a wide range of chronic pain stakeholders including professional bodies, patient organisations, parliamentarians and industry representatives from across the UK. This edition of Airing Pain was recorded live at the event, where clinicians, academics, policy-makers and people living with pain came together to discuss both the new document and the future of chronic pain services across the region. With than

  • 120. Osteoporosis

    120. Osteoporosis

    07/01/2020 Duração: 29min

    How we prevent, manage and diagnose this ‘silent disease’ This edition of Airing Pain has been supported by a grant from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Osteoporosis is a largely ignored condition that affects over 3 million people in the UK, with women being more at risk; a condition which, because the symptoms are difficult to notice by patients, is often referred to as the ‘silent disease’. In this edition of Airing Pain, we learn why prevention, assessment and management are key factors to deal with this condition and develop a correct model of care in the health services. First-off, Paul Evans speaks to Dr Emma Clark, Consultant in Rheumatology & Osteoporosis at North Bristol Trust, to find out about the causes and characteristics of osteoporosis. She discusses how osteoporosis can be ignored or misdiagnosed as osteoarthritis, as well as ways in which we can look after our bone health. Dr Clark also talks about how she is currently developing a clinical tool for primary care professionals to help them

  • 119. Experts by Experience: Working together in pain management programmes

    119. Experts by Experience: Working together in pain management programmes

    05/11/2019 Duração: 59min

    Patient volunteers and healthcare professionals on working together in pain management programmes This edition of Airing Pain has been supported by a grant from the Plum Trust. In September, the British Pain Society’s special interest group on pain management programmes held their annual conference. A workshop entitled ‘Experts by Experience – working together in Pain Management Programmes’ was run in parallel to this. The symposium brought together patient-volunteers and healthcare professionals from four pain management centres around the UK to share their experience of working together.  Dr Nick Ambler, Consultant Clinical Psychologist of the North Bristol NHS Trust’s Pain Management Programme (PMP), facilitated the workshop; chairing an uplifting, frank and empowering discussion on the psychological benefit to patients and the professional value to healthcare trusts of patient-volunteers working within pain management programmes. This special extended edition of Airing Pain comes to you live from the conf

  • 118. Pain Management in Young People

    118. Pain Management in Young People

    01/10/2019 Duração: 29min

    How chronic pain in adolescence requires different pain management strategies In this edition of Airing Pain, Paul Evans looks at the issues concerning pain amongst adolescents, including the impact on parents. First-off, Paul speaks to Dr Jeremy Gauntlet-Gilbert, principal clinical psychologist at the Bath Centre for Pain Services, to talk about the 'end of the road' residential pain management programme the Centre has for young people from across the UK who have not had success at other institutions. Paul also speaks to Amyra and Taylor, who have first-hand experience of the programme, about their time in Bath. They also discuss how chronic pain has affected their personal lives, including their performance at school and in exams. The parents’ experience is also explored as Paul speaks to Taylor’s mum Sandra McCann and Louise Bailey, the mother of another patient. They describe how the Bath Centre for Pain Management has made a positive impact on the ability of their children to have a more regular life. Pa

  • 117. Patients as Research Partners

    117. Patients as Research Partners

    03/09/2019 Duração: 29min

    Involving patients in researching their own condition – it seems logical, so why is it not more common? Listen as Paul Evans discusses the benefits, challenges and future of including patients as research partners. With professionals, patients and policy leaders. This edition was facilitated by the British Pain Society and recorded at their Annual Scientific Meeting 2019.  In this edition of Airing Pain, Paul Evans investigates the potential for patients to play an integral role in research, alongside the professionals. Through discussions with patients John and Mark both of whom are part of research groups, he sheds light on the importance of patients shaping the research and treatment of their own condition. From patients being included in directing their own treatment plan to actually influencing the direction of original scientific research, there are many benefits to their involvement. Louise Trewern, a member of the BPS Patient Liaison Committee, speaks of her journey from coming off opioids to working

  • 116. Neuropathic Pain 2 of 2: Latest research

    116. Neuropathic Pain 2 of 2: Latest research

    06/08/2019 Duração: 29min

    Half a century worth of research exists on neuropathic pain but what are the latest developments? With the previous edition of Airing Pain focussing on the ‘psycho’ and ‘social’ of the bio-psycho-social model, this programme tackles the ‘bio’ component. In this second instalment in a mini-series on neuropathic pain, Paul Evans delves into the latest scientific developments on the condition and the ways in which the gap between research and treatments could be bridged.  Following on from Airing Pain 115, which concentrated on targeted Pain Management Programmes, this edition discusses the ‘bio’ element on dealing with neuropathic pain. Speaking to Professor Srinivasa Raja, Paul discusses what exactly is going on in the brain with neuropathic pain. Professor Raja provides a valuable explanation of the science behind the condition. Patrick M. Dougherty, Professor at the Department of Pain Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre then shares with Paul the latest advances in neuropathic pain r

  • 115. Neuropathic Pain 1 of 2: Targeted pain management programmes

    115. Neuropathic Pain 1 of 2: Targeted pain management programmes

    02/07/2019 Duração: 29min

    Understanding the differences between neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain, and the varied responses they demand. In this edition of Airing Pain, Paul investigates the ideas behind Pain Management Programmes, and highlights the importance of the patient in shaping their own treatment. Internationally recognised Professor Srinivasa Raja speaks to Paul about the differences between nociceptive and neuropathic pain, as well as the complexities of chronic pain and its management. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Clare Daniel examines the psychological and social components of chronic pain. She discusses the important role of the cognitive behavioural model in Pain Management Programmes. Paul speaks to lead physiotherapist Diarmuid Denneny about the importance of the patient in determining the appropriate response to their pain, by taking into account their life and personal aspirations. Finally, Cameron Rashide, a patient with neuropathic pain among other conditions, speaks of the pain management technique ‘p

  • 114. You, Your Drugs, and the Law: Gabapentinoids and medicinal cannabis

    114. You, Your Drugs, and the Law: Gabapentinoids and medicinal cannabis

    06/06/2019 Duração: 29min

    How do drugs taken to manage pain fit within the legal framework of controlled substances? This edition of Airing Pain is funded by Foundation Scotland. On 1 April 2019 pregabalin and gabapentin, drugs recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the management of neuropathic pain, were re-classified as class-C controlled substances. This change means it is illegal to possess pregabalin and gabapentin without a prescription, and illegal to supply or sell them to others, as well as restricting the ease with which doctors and pharmacists can prescribe and dispense them. Also in this edition of Airing Pain, medicinal cannabis: Is it safe? Does it work for pain? Is it legal? Where do people who use these drugs to manage their chronic pain, now stand within UK law?  Contributors: Blair Smith, Consultant in Pain Medicine at NHS Tayside, and National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain in Scotland. Steve Alexander, Associate Professor in Molecular Pharmacology at Nottingham University

  • 113. Translating Chronic Pain

    113. Translating Chronic Pain

    07/05/2019 Duração: 29min

    Using creative writing to better represent the chronic pain experience.   This edition is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Chronic pain often exists ways that cannot be seen. Due to the intangible and ambiguous nature of many chronic pain conditions that lack clear-cut causes and treatment, patients feel frustrated when communicating with healthcare professionals, personal networks, and the public at large; they feel ‘invisible’. Lancaster University’s English and Creative Writing department has built a research network to collect short-form ‘flash’ illness writing; pieces that aim to better represent people’s experiences of chronic pain.  In this edition of Airing Pain We hear from the project’s Principal Investigator Dr Sara Wasson about the many components that make up the project, its origins, and the goal of conveying the experience that millions of people go through every day.  Contributors: Dr Sara Wasson, English and Creative Writing Lecturer, Translating Chronic Pain Lead Investiga

  • 112. Measuring Pain, Reading the Brain

    112. Measuring Pain, Reading the Brain

    02/04/2019 Duração: 29min

    How pain’s subjectivity makes it difficult to measure, rewiring the brain, and new research that allows patients to visualise their pain. This edition is funded by the Plum Foundation. In this edition of Airing Pain, returning contributor Mark Johnson, Director of the Centre for Pain Research at Leeds Beckett University, speaks to Paul about the experimental methods used in their lab to measure how pain is experienced. Professor Johnson emphasises the difficulty in communicating one’s pain, as it is entirely context driven and based on the experiences of the patient. Paul then heads to Manchester University to speak to Professor of Neuro-Rheumatology Anthony Jones. Paul learns about the different techniques used to measure the alpha waves produced by the brain when pain occurs, how the anticipation of pain is as important as pain itself, and the difficulties that scientists encounter when trying to emulate these signals. We also hear about the brain’s ‘plasticity’; its ability to rewire connection based on se

  • 111. Physiotherapy, Mind, Body and the Social Component

    111. Physiotherapy, Mind, Body and the Social Component

    05/03/2019 Duração: 29min

    Anxiety and expectations, how “fear circuitry” affects self-management, and the importance of social prescribing. This edition is supported by friends of Pain Concern. Director of CSPC Physiotherapy in Leeds, Alison Rose, specialises in working with high-level athletes, particularly those with complex injury histories. Rose speaks to Paul about her experience with chronic pain as being subjective for both athletes and non-athletes, explaining it as a unique “puzzle” that needs to be put together to find the core mechanisms that cause pain. We also hear about the many unexpected physical relationships within our bodies that cause pain, as well as the importance of social networks.  We then hear from Cardiff University Professor of Medical Education Ann Taylor. Professor Taylor speaks about her work exploring how those with chronic pain perceive non-pain related information, and how this information is processed through “fear circuitry” which can have detrimental effects on self-management. Professor Taylor pro

  • 110. Living with Cancer Pain

    110. Living with Cancer Pain

    05/02/2019 Duração: 29min

    Living with a diagnosis, what palliative care entails, and non-pharmacological treatments. This edition is funded by the Agnes Hunter Trust.  According to Cancer Research UK, 50% of all people in England and Wales diagnosed with cancer survive their disease for ten years or more. This edition of Airing Pain looks at what pain management entails for the other 50%; those that live with terminal cancer. Kate Grafton, Lecturer and Professional Lead for Physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University, speaks to Paul about her breast cancer diagnosis, her experiences with different treatments, the psychology of mindfulness, and finding the right support group. Paul then heads to St Gemma’s teaching hospice at the University of Leeds to speak to Professor of Palliative Medicine Mike Bennett who explains what palliative care entails as well as the importance of balancing treatment and quality of life. Back at Leeds Beckett we hear from the Director of the Centre for Pain Research Mark Johnson, who has a particular interest

  • 109. Fibromyalgia

    109. Fibromyalgia

    07/01/2019 Duração: 29min

    Fibromyalgia management’s revised recommendations, walking as self-management, and one person’s journey living with FM. This edition has been supported by the Women’s Fund for Scotland. Fibromyalgia (FM) affects around 2% of the UK population, with 80-90% of those being women, and being a widely misunderstood condition its exact causes are unknown. Widespread pain is the major symptom; but people with FM may also experience fatigue, difficulty sleeping, memory problems ('fibro-fog'), muscle stiffness, and many others. In 2016, EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) published its Revised Recommendations for the Management of Fibromyalgia. In this edition Paul Evans speaks to Dr Gareth Jones, reader in epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen who was part of the study group. Paul also speaks to Dr Kathryn Martin and Fiona Rennie about their work with Walk With Ease, a programme that encourages walking as a self-management technique for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions like FM. He even has a go him

  • 108. Gender Differences

    108. Gender Differences

    06/11/2018 Duração: 29min

    How men and women experience pain, arming yourself with the right information, and not being embarrassed about your condition. This edition’s been part funded by the Women’s Fund of Scotland. Do women and men experience pain differently, or is it only our attitudes towards pain that differ? In this edition of Airing Pain, Paul speaks to healthcare professionals about their findings with the literature surrounding chronic pain and the changing outlooks when it comes to seeking help. Deputy Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, Professor Ed Keogh, speaks about his review of men’s health literature in the context of chronic pain, and found that women are more likely to report pain in more body regions in their lifetime compared to men. He considers whether this is due to biological or social/emotional reasons, but emphasises that the variation within males and females is much greater than the variation between the sexes. Can the gender roles society pushes on us affect how we deal with our pain? Senior

  • 107. Easing Pain Appointments with the Navigator Tool

    107. Easing Pain Appointments with the Navigator Tool

    02/10/2018 Duração: 29min

    How Pain Concern's Navigator Tool can ease pain appointments with your doctor. This edition has been funded by funded by the Health and Social Care Alliance and Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. In 2015 Pain Concern released its report ‘Breaking barriers to self-management of chronic pain in primary care’, marking the end of the first part of its ‘Breaking Barriers’ project. Its aim was to highlight the commonly occurring barriers that patients faced during one-to-one appointments with healthcare professionals, and to advance the primary care management of chronic pain. Phase two of the project was to produce a ‘navigator tool’ to break down those barriers and prepare patients and GPs in order make the most out of their appointments. Phase two is now complete, and in this edition of Airing Pain, Paul Evans speaks to the researchers, patients, and healthcare professionals that allowed this project to happen. Reneé Blomkvist, Pain Concern’s researcher heading the project’s second phase, explains the est

  • 106. Pain Education for Doctors, Patients, and Parents

    106. Pain Education for Doctors, Patients, and Parents

    04/09/2018 Duração: 29min

    What can be done to implement better pain education for doctors, patients and parents, and trusting your pharmacist when in doubt. This edition has been funded by Pain Concern supporter and cyclist Ade and The Sackler Trust. According to the British Pain Society, doctors and other healthcare professionals (HCPs) receive less training in pain management than veterinarians.* With pain being one of the major presenting factors for a large number of medical problems, this edition of Airing Pain looks into what programmes are being implemented to alleviate this knowledge gap. Dr Helen Lakins, deputy lead for the UK Essential Pain Management Course, describes how the course developed from being taught to HCPs in developing countries to being used in Australia and the UK. The predominant aim of the course is in response to the majority of medical undergraduates believing they are not receiving adequate pain training. Swansea University is currently undertaking a research study into patients’ beliefs and expectations

  • 105. Singing, Laughter, Speech and Pleasure

    105. Singing, Laughter, Speech and Pleasure

    01/08/2018 Duração: 29min

    Singing, laughing and the feel good factor. Pain Management, the fun way. This edition was funded by the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. The British Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) allows the multidisciplinary nature of the society to be reflected through seminars, scientific programmes, lectures, and workshops. Participants can attend various exhibitions, social events, and seminars to have well-rounded experiences on the subject of pain. In 2017, the BPS presented their Wellness Zone, coordinated by the Dorset Community Pain Service, to allow ‘wellbeing’ focused topics to have a platform. At the Wellness Zone, Paul speaks to Sarah Sturman, Dorset Community Pain Service physiotherapist, about Laughing Yoga. Sturman proposes that we are increasingly finding that emotional health is just as important as physical health, and that Laughing Yoga allows us to celebrate socialising and the natural human attributes of silliness and fun. Paul also speaks to Pain Concern’s own Renée Blomkvist about ho

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