As this issue marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the very first Pain Concern (UK) Lothian Group newsletter, later to become the Pain Matters we know today, we have gone back to where it all started. The Lothian Group was a patient support group set up by members of the Astley Ainslie Hospital pain management programme, so it seems appropriate that this issue is being guest-edited by the Chronic Pain Management Service from NHS Lothian, based at the same hospital.
The team have themed this issue around the topic of compassion-focused therapy, showing different ways in which compassion can be a key concept as part of a holistic pain management approach. A lot has changed in the world since our last issue, and here at Pain Concern we think that compassion is something which we could all use more of at the moment.
Also in this issue, Art Therapist Julliet King returns with her column, this time asking readers, 'What does your pain say?'