Chronic pain is a common and complex pain condition in which the pain a person experiences continues after a normal healing time after an injury or illness. The causes of chronic pain can result from a number of origins including injury, surgery, and conditions such as arthritis, endometriosis, cancer and migraines. In some cases of chronic pain, there is no apparent physical cause, such as those with fibromyalgia.¹
People who experience chronic pain are:
• Almost three times more likely to be dispensed analgesic medicines such as opioids as those without pain.¹
• More likely than those without to experience mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.¹
People experiencing chronic pain are recommended to access medication adherence and management services with the guidance of their Pharmacist, such as:
• Staged Supply
• Dose Administration Aids
Everyone’s pain is different. To help find a way to better manage your pain, speak to our Pharmacists, who can help you access holistic care which considers your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Chronic pain in Australia. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/10434b6f-2147-46ab-b654-a90f05592d35/aihw-phe-267.pdf. aspx?inline=true. Published May 2020. Accessed November 13, 2022.
2 Deloitte. Painaustralia; The cost of pain in Australia; 2019. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/ Documents/Economics/deloitte-au-economics-cost-pain-australia-040419.pdf. Accessed November 13, 2022.
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