Today is the third in our Advent series of health awareness images.

A sort of online Advent Calendar for health. It would be great if you could like and maybe share the image on our status for just a few minutes.

Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month – please like and share to show your support

This month is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

This is the occasion when we can honour both those who receive palliative care and those who provide palliative care.

Please like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NationalHospiceMonth

Also please like and share the picture below to show your support

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month



Pain. At what time of day is your pain at its worse? Please take our poll

Discussions of pain often focus on where in the body your pain occurs and, say, impact of weather change on pain levels.


However today in one of our Facebook communities a reader asked about time of day when you pain is greatest.

We thought this was a great subject to include in our series of pain management blogs.  To see previous posts please have a look at http://patienttalk.org/?tag=pain-management

To kick start a discussion we thought we would run a poll asking this very simple and important question “At what time of day is your pain at its worse?”.  The poll is below so please do take part.

Feel free to use the comments box to expand on your answers.

Thanks very much in advance


How does the change in the seasons and temperature impact your pain levels?


With Winter drawing in in the Northern hemisphere conversation on our pages has turned to how the cold weather might affect pain levels.  This is very much the case for people with fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.

For some winter means increased pain but for others the opposite is true.

As part of our series of pain management blogs we have decided to run a poll of our readers to see if there is any pattern.   It would be great if you could take part in the poll below.

Feel free to use the comments box to add anything you think will be of interest to our readers.

Allodynia – The pain that comes from pressure ! Find out more here

Pain for pressure
Pain for pressure

Simply put Allodynia can be defined as pain due to pressure on the body where in normal circumstances people would not expect to feel any pain.

Examples of medical conditions which have Allodynia as a symptom include Fibromyalgia (http://patienttalk.org/?tag=fibromyalgia), Neuropathic pain  (http://patienttalk.org/?p=281), complex regional pain syndrome  (http://patienttalk.org/?p=1003) and migraines.

The objective of the blog is first to raise awareness of Allodynia.  And  also to provide a forum for people to share their experiences of living with; and treating Allodynia.

The pain can be from both touch and from changes in skin temperature.

It would be great if you can use this blog to share your experiences of Allodynia.  We are interested in some of the following issues:-

a)      Which condition caused your Allodynia?

b)      How did this Allodynia present itself?

c)       In one sentence how would you describe the pain to somebody who has never experienced it before?

d)      How your Allodynia was treated and how successful was that treatment?

e)      What advice would you give to somebody who suffers from this kind of pain?

Please feel free to share any part of your pain story with our readers in the comments box below. If you have any links you think might be of interest, again, please put them boxes below

Many thanks in advance