I am not sure if this has already been posted. NHS/NICE has decided to reclassify Chronic Pain today, into Primary and Secondary categories in the UK. It seems that anything that cannot be 'seen' or 'found' to have a cause is going to be 'Primary', and will have fewer treatment options from now on.
"Chronic primary pain has no clear underlying condition or is out of proportion to any observable injury or disease."
"Chronic secondary pain is a symptom of an underlying condition. Chronic secondary pain and chronic primary pain can coexist."
Exercise, Psychological, acupuncture, and electrical therapies (like TENS) ARE recommended for treatment.
There is a recommendation that Pharmacology should NOT be used to treat chronic pain (except for certain anti-depressants!) in people over 16. It also recommends that patients with 'Primary' pain (such as neuropathy, fibromyalgia, CRPS, FND) that are currently on medications should be reviewed and meds reduced/removed (basically).
Please let me know if you think I misunderstood these new guidelines below: