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LEARNING TO LIVE WELL WITH PAIN IN CORNWALL

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You can learn to live well with pain.

Medication isn't the only way to manage persistent pain.

Scientific evidence suggests that people with pain can have more rewarding lives if they learn particular skills.

Working with world leading expert Dr Frances Cole, the Chronic Pain in Cornwall team are creating a network of Pain Cafés across Cornwall to support you in your journey to a better quality of life.

Find your pain café find your pain cafe

Pain Café sessions are run across Cornwall, find your nearest one and join your local community learning to live well with pain

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Arbennek Health Pain Café

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Coast and Country Pain Café

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LIBBY HUDDY

Coastal Pain Café

Next event: Tuesday, 3 October 2023 at 14:00

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East Cornwall Pain Café

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Falmouth and Penryn Pain Café

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Isles of Scilly and South Kerrier Pain Café

Next event: Tuesday, 17 October 2023 at 01:00

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Launceston and Tamar Valley Pain Café

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North Cornwall coast Pain Café

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North Kerrier East Pain Café

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North Kerrier West Pain Café

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Penwith Pain Café

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St Austell Healthcare Pain Café

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Three Harbours and Bosvena Health Pain Café

Next event: Thursday, 12 October 2023 at 11:00

Next Topic: Footstep 3: Pacing

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Truro Pain Café

Next event: Monday, 2 October 2023 at 14:00

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Watergate Pain Café

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Supporting our local cafés there is also our Cornwall-wide group

Kevin Feaviour

Cornwall wide Pain Café

This Pain Café is slightly different from the rest in that it covers the whole of the county. Online only and open to all, feel free to join us if you are interested in our current topic or need a refresher.

Next Topic: Footstep 2: Acceptance

Next event: Thursday, 28 September 2023 at 12:00

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Don't just take our word for it Don't just take our word for it

Hear from Louise and Sean about the value of the skills they've learned to help them manage their pain

Community comments

Sean Jennings

Sean Jennings

I’m 62 years old from Cornwall, and a former mechanical engineer. When I was 32 I had what I thought was a routine hernia operation. Unfortunately from that day I have suffered chronic pain and prescribed ever Increasing opioids, gabapentin and antidepressants, for the next 25 years. I am now 5 years medication free thanks to distraction and mindfulness techniques along with exercise/movement to manage my pain. I have used the last 5years to tell my story to clinicians and patients advocating SKILLS NOT PILLS.

Louise Trewern

Louise Trewern

After being on prescription painkillers (opioids) for over a decade, during which time my health deteriorated significantly, I came off them with the help of my local pain service and learned self management techniques such as mindfulness and pacing. I now walk daily, use an exercise bike to manage knee pain from Osteoarthritis and swim in the sea all year round. Before I came off opioids I never thought my life could be any better & now I feel fitter and healthier than ever! I still live with some pain but use my self management skills to live well with it.

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Ten Footsteps to Living Well with Pain
Ten Footsteps to Living Well with Pain

The help and support given in our Pain Café sessions are based on Dr Francies Cole's Ten Footsteps to living well with pain.

So treat this resource as something to keep coming back to, and use it to focus on the footsteps where you need most support.

To help you find the bits that are most helpful for you, here's a quick summary of all ten footsteps and the key ideas in each…

Live well with pain

Footstep 1

Pain and the Brain

Footstep 2

Acceptance

Footstep 3

Pacing

Footstep 4

Setting goals

Footstep 5

Getting Active

Footstep 6

Managing moods

Footstep 7

Sleep

Footstep 8

Food, relationships and work

Footstep 9

Relaxation and mindfulness

Footstep 10

Managing setbacks

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