A recent Cochrane Review – the largest ever investigation into antidepressants used for chronic pain - shows insufficient evidence to determine how effective or harmful they may be. In this blog, principal investigator Professor Tamar Pincus explains the findings, and a clinician (Dr Peter Cole), a patient, and a researcher (Hollie Birkinshaw,) share their reflections.
We answer some questions you may have if you’re affected by pain and discomfort in your lower back which has no identifiable cause (it’s ‘non-specific’) and has lasted longer than 3 months (it’s ‘chronic’). On this page, we look at the potential benefits and harms of various non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options. The answers are based on the latest trustworthy evidence from Cochrane and NHS advice.
In a blog for breastfeeding women affected by painful nipples, and people supporting them, Sarah Chapman looks at the evidence behind various treatment options and the benefits of support.
In a blog for GPs and for people seeking help from their GPs (especially those who have or may have endometriosis), Lara Cowpe reflects upon her experiences with GPs during her endometriosis journey.
In this blog for people considering surgery to treat pain associated with endometriosis, Dr Martin Hirsch, Consultant Gynaecologist, and Claire Barker, who had keyhole surgery for endometriosis in 2015, explore the benefits and risks and discuss important aspects to consider when thinking about undergoing surgery.
In this blog for people affected by chronic pain and those who support and work with them, Dr. Amanda C de C Williams discusses the findings of her team’s latest Cochrane Review on psychological therapies.
Robert Walton blogs the latest Cochrane evidence on drugs for treating chronic prostatitis
In a blog primarily for health professionals, Asda Abbas, a trainee paediatrician, looks at Cochrane evidence on skin to skin care and pain in neonates
Andrew Moore discusses the Cochrane evidence on topical painkiller creams, gels and rub on products in this blog originally published on The Conversation.
Little things you can do to help little ones when having a painful procedure.
Andrew Moore, author of over 200 systematic reviews, reveals the inconvenient truth about paracetamol
Lynda Ware explains the evidence behind advice to 'put some cream on it!', with topical NSAIDs shown to be helpful for arthritis pain