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Pain Disorders

Persistent Pain

Persistent, chronic or long term pain, is pain that has lasted for longer than 3 months after you would have expected to recover following illness or injury. Moreover it is resistant to treatments such as medication, therapies, exercise, injections or even surgery.
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Fibromyalgia is a common condition where you experience widespread pain, tenderness and fatigue. The pain tends to be diffused aching or burning, which changes in severity at different times and is felt in different parts of the body.
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Cardiovascular Disease

Coronary heart disease

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Angina is pain and tightening in the chest. However this can extend to the neck, left arm, jaw or back (these symptoms can also have other causes). Narrowing of the arteries (blood vessels) makes it difficult for the blood to pass through.
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Heart attack (MI)

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Heart failure

Heart Failure is when your heart is failing to pump the blood efficiently around your body. Each of the four chambers of the heart can fail individually or in combination. Heart Failure is normally progressive but can be controlled to support a full and active life.
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Respiratory Conditions


COPD is the generic name for lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
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Asthma is a long term respiratory medical condition that causes your airways to become narrower and inflamed. It is often diagnosed as a child and tends to run in families.
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Autoimmune Disease

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The full name for Lupus is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It is a long term condition that causes inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs. Unfortunately there is no cure for Lupus; however, symptoms can improve if treatment starts early.
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Musculoskeletal Conditions


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Back pain

Back pain is a common problem, usually caused by a simple muscular strain from moving or twisting awkwardly. However, if it persists or is accompanied by other symptoms it may be an indication of more serious problems.
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CVA (Stroke)

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Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. When someone has epilepsy, it means they have a tendency to have epileptic seizures. Some types of epilepsy last for a limited time and you may stop having seizures, but for many people epilepsy is a lifelong condition.
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune condition whereby your immune system attacks healthy parts of your body; namely your brain or spinal cord. There are three types of MS relapsing, primary progressive and secondary progressive which have different prognosis.

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Gastric conditions

Crohn's disease

Crohn’s Disease, along with Ulcerative Colitis, is one of the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects more than 300,000 people in the UK. They are chronic (ongoing and lifelong) conditions and symptoms will vary from person to person and range from mild to severe.

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Hearing loss is very common and is caused by noise, ageing, disease and heredity. It is a partial or total inability to hear.
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Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is defined by a distrust of others and a continuous suspicion of their intentions. Those with PPD possesses a core belief that others have sinister motives that are threatening or demeaning, but lacks evidence or reasonable grounds for believing this.
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Low self-esteem / Confidence

Self-esteem is the opinion and value we place on ourselves. When we have a healthy or high self-esteem we tend to view things in a positive light and generally feel good about ourselves. However when we have low self-esteem we see things in a critical and negative light.
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Social isolation/loneliness

Social isolation refers to a complete or near-complete lack of contact with people and society for members of a social species. Loneliness is rooted in temporary lack of contact with other humans.
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Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or over whelming situations and experiences.
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Suicidal feelings

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life.

Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about ending your life, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide, or making clear plans to take your own life. 

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Bereavement is the loss of someone who had played a role in your life and grief is the emotion you feel in such a situation. Grief can also be the loss of something important in your life such as your job, relationship or ability to do things such as through illness or trauma.

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Sleep Hygiene

The most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine. This can be anything like travelling, a change in working hours, change in eating habits, exercise or leisure activities. Relationship issues can also cause problems to sleep too.

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