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Aches and pains

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain, stomach cramps or sharp gut pain can have many causes. Learn about them and their treatment as well as when to see a doctor.

Back pain

Back pain is common and affects most people at some point in their life. Learn about its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

Chest pain

Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body, from your jaw and shoulders down to your ribs. It can be a symptom of a heart attack.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months or beyond normal healing time. Learn more about its causes, living with, and managing chronic pain.

Groin pain or swelling

Get tips and advice on how to look after yourself if you are experiencing groin pain or swelling, and when to see your doctor.

Headaches

Headache is a common health complaint, but most headaches are easily treated. Learn about the different types of headaches and pain-relief options.

Hip pain

Hip pain is very common. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, treatments and self-care options and when to seek medical attention.

Old woman with joint pain and swelling.

Joint pain and swelling

Joint pain and swelling can affect any joint in the body, and is often accompanied by stiffness and aches. Find out how to relieve the pain.

Knee pain

Discover more about the causes of and risk factors for knee pain, as well as treatment options and how it's diagnosed.

Leg pain

Leg pain

Leg pain is any pain, ache or discomfort between your groin and ankle, and can be caused by many things from ulcers to sciatica. Find out about leg pa...

Muscle aches and pains

Muscular aches and pains are common, often caused by the unfamiliar use or overuse of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.

Nerve pain (neuralgia)

Nerve pain feels like a shooting, stabbing or burning sensation. Treatment options include pain-relief medicine, exercise and alternative therapies.

Painful periods

Painful periods are most common in young women, and the pain tends to ease as women get older. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.

Pain-relief medicines

There's a range of pain-relief medicines for acute or chronic pain, including over-the-counter and prescription medication. All have possible side eff...

Gas can help relieve the pain of labour.

Pain relief during labour

Learn about the different ways to relieve pain during childbirth, and how your support person can help you.

Painful sex for women

Experiencing pain or discomfort during sex is fairly common, but in some cases there is an underlying cause.

Paracetamol is a pain relief medicine.

Paracetamol

Paracetamol is for mild to moderate pain. Learn about how paracetamol works, the possible side effects and when you should not take it.

Penis injury, swelling or pain

Your penis may become swollen or inflamed if injured. Follow this self-care advice and find out how to relieve the symptoms.

Shoulder pain has many different causes.

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain has many different causes. The pain may occur in the joint itself or in the many muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulders.

Girl with sore throat

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

Pharyngitis is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or flu. Here's how to care for a sore throat.

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