Pain Management for children and teens

We love our kids, we don’t want to see them suffer with pain.

JANE IS ON SABBATICAL FROM EASPAIN UNTIL FEBRUARY 2018.  TO FIND OTHER SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH PAIN AND FATIGUE ISSUES PLEASE CHECK THE LINKS AND RESOURCES PAGE.

Persistent pain conditions in children and teenagers are far too common.  Some research studies estimate that the same number of youngsters suffer pain as adults.  That’s one in five.

 And that is one in five too many!

The most common pain problems in young people are:-

  • Migraines and headaches  (including abdominal migraine)
  • Stomach pains
  • Muskuloskeletal conditions including juvenile arthritis, Hyper-Mobility Syndrome and Ehlers Danlos.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

The good news is that children and teenagers respond really well to pain management strategies such as relaxation and pacing.  The “plasticity” of their nervous systems means that they can benefit from learning these life skills, minimise pain and fatigue and get back to living a fuller and more fun life again.

There is much more than medication to help young people get the pain under control!  

Jane sees children, teenagers and their parents for individual appointments at her rooms in Shenton Park.  she uses a variety of mediums based on cognitive behavioural therapy, including activity pacing, relaxation and art  and has a particular interest in helping them to manage school  and leisure more effectively.   Liaison with the young person’s school is often an important part of this process so that teachers are fully informed and educated about the child’s pain condition and how best  to enhance their ability to study whilst minimising symptoms.

Chronic Fatigue

A closely related condition to persistent pain, chronic fatigue is equally debilitating and affects many young people, particularly in puberty.  The reasons for chronic fatigue developing can be varied, but is often triggered by a virus such as glandular fever or a period of stress and disturbed sleep.  Chronic fatigue responds well to pacing and other lifestyle management strategies.  Again, helping the young person to manage studies, maintain friendships and leisure pursuits despite fatigue is essential for their overall recovery.

 

Great video to link to about kid’s and pain:-