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The Problem of Pain – A Slow Motion Catastrophe

The Problem of Pain – A Slow Motion Catastrophe

We are all living longer, but for many that will mean suffering chronic pain for longer too and it’s estimated that by 2018 the NHS will need an additional £5 billion to deal with such conditions.

Unlike acute pain – when we stub our toe or stand too close to a fire – chronic pain doesn’t go away and cannot be cured by conventional medicines.

In this programme Dr Sarah Goldingay from the University of Exeter investigates new approaches to dealing with chronic pain, which go well beyond traditional medicine. She explores how some researchers are considering the problem in a more holistic and radical way by looking at mind, body and spirit combined. She also investigates how our social interactions can dictate the ways we live with chronic pain.

Produced by Mark Sharman for BBC Radio 4

Exec Produced by Michael Wakelin

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