Pain relief medicines
For pain such as backpain or headaches, simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory agents work best but can have potential side effects, so you need to weigh up the pros and cons.
Pain relief after surgery
Pain after an operation is a common problem but there is no need for you to be in a lot of pain. Pain relief after surgery is usually safe and effective.
Nerve pain treatments
Treating nerve pain can be difficult, but underlying conditions can often be managed. Here’s how to control nerve pain, and a list of pain clinics.
Codeine no longer available over the counter from Feb 1
Pain-relief medicines that contain codeine will no longer be available without a doctor's prescription from 1 Feb 2018. Here’s what you need to know.
Tramadol is a pain relief medicine. This page explains what tramadol is used for, how it works, its risks and other treatment options available in its place.
Chronic pain continues long after your body should have completely healed. Learn more about living with chronic pain and how to manage it.
Information on osteoarthritis treatment options and medicines. Plus links to trusted resources.
Codeine is a medicine that relieves pain and reduces coughing.
Peripheral nerve block (lower limb)
A peripheral lower limb nerve block can be used for most people, usually giving a safe and effective form of pain relief both during and after the operation.
TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
TENS machine delivers a small electrical current to the body through electrodes attached to the skin. TENS, is a form of pain relief without medicine. Find out more about TENS.