Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a pain that generally has been around for more than 3 months. Or it can be thought of as a pain that lasts longer than the usual healing time.

I in 5 people in Scotland experience chronic pain and it is often associated with “polypharmacy”.

Polypharmacy is when a person is prescribed multiple medications at the same time, which of course can lead to an increased chance of side effects or interactions.

Scientific research shows that long term use of opioid painkillers do not work well for chronic pain, and in fact can lead to harm, dependency and abuse.


Everyone’s experience with pain is different. To explore your pain and how it affects you, the following questionnaire will be helpful in pain reviews with your GP.

Quality of Life

To improve your pain, it is helpful to understand more about why you are experiencing chronic pain, how your pain affects you and what is important to you. Next you can explore how to improve your quality of life.

Please use the links below:

Or the following booklets:

Management Options

Other management options your GP might consider, which will require referral, are:


Exercises to help with muscle, joint and bone pains: