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Aches and pains

Abdominal pain

Abdominal (tummy) pain can have many causes. Read about the causes and treatment for abdominal pain, as well as when to see a doctor.

Back pain

Back pain is common and affects many people at some point in their life. Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for back pain.

Chest pain

Chest pain can be a symptom of a heart attack. Find out the common causes of chest pain, when to be concerned and what to do if you have chest pain.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months or beyond expected healing time. Learn about the 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.


Headache is a common health complaint and most headaches are not serious. 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.

Joint pain and swelling

Joint pain and swelling can affect any joint in the body. Learn more about managing pain and living well.

Knee pain

Knee pain is a common problem with many causes. Find out more about the symptoms of knee pain and when you should seek medical treatment.

Leg pain

Leg pain is any ache or discomfort you get between your groin and ankle. Read here to find out more about leg pain symptoms, causes and treatment.

Muscle aches and pains

Muscular aches and pains are common and often related to tension, overuse, or injury, resulting from exercise or physically demanding work.

Nerve pain (neuralgia)

Nerve pain can feel like a shooting, stabbing or burning sensation. You can be treated with pain relief medicines, exercise and alternative therapies....

Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)

Period pain (dysmenorrhoea) is common, especially among young females, and the pain tends to ease as you get older.

Pain-relief medicines

Pain relief medicines include over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Learn about their side effects as well as when and when not to use them.

Painful sex for women

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


You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain. Find out when to take paracetamol, its side effects and what to do if you take too much.

Penis injury, swelling or pain

Your penis may become swollen or inflamed if injured. Follow the self-care advice, find out how to relieve symptoms and when to see your doctor.

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.

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

Pharyngitis is a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection, common with a cold or flu. Learn how to care for a sore throat and when to see a doctor.

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