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Pain and aches

Pain and aches
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Pain and aches

There are many different kinds of pain. Some are sharp, others are dull. Pain might come and go, or it might be constant. Here’s information about abdominal pain, back pain, headaches, hip pain, nerve pain, period pain, chest pain and more, plus pain relief medicine facts. You can also use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to check your symptoms.
Chronic pain

Chronic pain

Chronic pain continues long after your body should have completely healed. Learn more about living with chronic pain and how to manage it.

Abdominal pain usually refers to cramps or a dull ache in the belly.

Abdominal pain

Suffering stomach cramps or tummy ache? Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments of abdominal pain.

If you have back pain lasting longer than 6 weeks, you should see your doctor.

Back pain

Back pain is very common and affects most people at some point in their life. Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and how to preve...

Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body.

Understanding chest pain

Chest pain is any sort of pain felt in your upper body, from your jaw and shoulders down to your ribs. Find out the facts and when to be concerned.

Lady on a bike.

Groin pain or swelling

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



Headaches are one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated. Find out about the different types of headaches and treatments.

A man seeking relief for his hip pain.

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. Read more to learn about joint pain and swe...

Knee pain is a common problem.

Knee pain

Knee pain is a common problem with a number of causes. Read about risk factors, symptoms, treatments and diagnosis.

Leg pain

Leg pain

Leg pain can be described as any feeling of pain or discomfort in the area between your groin and ankle. Depending on the cause, leg pain can vary fro...

Muscle aches and pains are common.

Muscle aches and pain

Muscular aches and pains can be caused by unaccustomed use of ligaments, tendons or the soft tissues that connect muscles. Here’s a list of trusted ar...

What is nerve pain?

Nerve pain can feel like a shooting, stabbing or burning sensation. There are many ways to treat it, such as traditional pain relief medicines, exerci...

Pain relief medicines.

Pain killers

For pain such as backpain or headaches, simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory agents work best but can have potential side effe...

Paracetamol is a pain relief medicine.


You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain. Here’s some information on how paracetamol works, when you should not take it and possible side ef...

Gas can help relieve the pain of labour.

Pain relief in labour

Find out what options are available to you to help relive the pain experienced during childbirth.

Girl with painful periods.

Painful periods

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

Painful sex for women is not uncommon, you should see a doctor for treatment.

Painful sex for women

Experiencing some pain or discomfort during sex is fairly common. However there are treatments available and you should seek further help.

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Penis swelling or pain

If you have a penis swelling or pain caused by an injury, there are steps you can take to provide some relief and ease discomfort.

Shoulder pain has many different causes.

Shoulder pain

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

Girl with sore throat

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or flu.Learn more about the self-care of sore throats.

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Pain and Feelings

Welcome to Episode 3. In this episode, you will learn to understand the role that pain has on feelings and the role that feelings can play in influencing your experience of chronic pain.

Read more on ACI Pain Management Network website

Pain and Physical Activity

What’s the link between physical activity and chronic pain?

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Pain and Family

In this episode you will learn about the importance of families how your family can help you with your pain and how you can help them.

Read more on ACI Pain Management Network website

Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury and Chronic Pain

In this episode you will learn about chronic pain after SCI. You will learn about the many different types of pain, and how to identify the type of pain that you have. You will also learn about managing pain flare ups and recognising warning signs.

Read more on ACI Pain Management Network website

Pain Management: For Everyone

This site contains valuable information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in self management of your pain in partnership with your health care providers.

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Introduction to Pain | Agency for Clinical Innovation

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Stomach pain

How to take care of stomach pain

Read more on WA Health website

Pain course

The Pain Course is an internet-delivered pain management program for adults aged 18 years and over

Read more on MindSpot Clinic website


This section contains valuable information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in self management of your pain, in partnership with your healthcare providers. You will develop skills and strategies to manage your pain and develop what is called a Pain Management Strategy. It would be most beneficial if you were able to work through the Episodes 1-7 in sequence for the best outcome.

Read more on ACI Pain Management Network website

Staying on Track

This episode is all about keeping on track to help maintain improvements in pain management. The key to staying on track lies in your continued use of coping strategies that you find helpful. It requires staying focussed and effort, and it is important to remember that most people with chronic pain can expect some set-backs or pot-holes on their journey.

Read more on ACI Pain Management Network website

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