The NHS has produced a list of the 20 most excruciatingly painful conditions you can suffer from.
They range from migraines to heart attacks and can prevent sufferers from going about their daily lives.
Some are common but can be extremely painful, and they may surprise you.
So, how do you cope with them? Is there any way?
These are 10 tried and tested things you can do to reduce pain, according to the NHS.
Simple, everyday activities like walking, swimming, gardening and dancing can ease some of the pain by blocking pain signals to the brain.
Physical activity also stretches stiff and tense muscles, ligaments and joints which can help to lessen the pain.
Concentrate on your breathing
When the pain is intense it’s easy to start taking shallow, rapid breaths which can make you feel dizzy, anxious or panicked.
Instead, breathe slowly and deeply. This will help you to feel more in control of the situation, keep you relaxed and prevent any muscle tension or anxiety from worsening your pain.
Practicing relaxation techniques regularly can help to reduce persistent pain.
There are many types, varying from breathing exercises to types of meditation.
Shift your attention on to something else so the pain isn’t the only thing on your mind. Get stuck into an activity that you enjoy or find stimulating.
Many hobbies like photography, sewing or knitting are possible even when your mobility is restricted.
Keep in touch with friends and family
Keeping in touch with friends and family is good for your health and can help you feel much better. Try shorter visits, maybe more often, and if you can’t get out to visit people, phone a friend, invite a family member round for a tea or have a chat with your neighbour.
Aim to talk about anything other than your pain, even if other people want to talk about it.
Stick to a normal sleep routine
“Many people with chronic pain dread going to bed as that’s when the pain is worst”, says Heather Wallace from Pain Concern. But it’s important to try to stick to a normal sleep routine so you’ve got the best chance of sleeping through the night.
Go to bed at the same time each evening and get up at a regular time in the morning, and avoid taking naps in the day.
Take a course
Self-management courses are free NHS-based training programmes for people who live with long-term chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, to develop new skills to manage their condition (and any related pain) better on a day-to-day basis.
Many people who have been on a self-management course say they take fewer painkillers afterwards.
Pain can make you tired, anxious, depressed and grumpy – and this can make the pain even worse.
Some people find it useful to seek help from a counsellor, psychologist or hypnotherapist to discover how to deal with their emotions in relation to their pain.
Ask your GP for advice and a referral.
Share your story about pain
It can help to talk to someone else who has experienced similar pain themselves and understands what you’re going through.
Pain Concern, Action on Pain, Arthritis Care and BackCare all have telephone helplines manned by people with long-term pain, who can put you in touch with local patient support groups.
Read books and leaflets on pain
The Pain Toolkit is a booklet packed with simple practical advice on how to live better with long-term pain.
The British Pain Society also have a list of suggested self-help books and leaflets.
Source : BirminghamMail