For patients and relatives

Patients and their relatives are at the core of everything we do

Information for patients and relatives about medications, interventions and Pain Medicine. 

The FPM has produced a number of leaflets which may be useful for patients and relatives. 

Note: The Faculty of Pain Medicine is an academic institution. We regret that we cannot give advice to individuals regarding their personal treatment. For any immediate medical concerns you are advised to contact your GP without delay. Should you need more specific advice regarding your treatment you are advised to contact the hospital where you are being treated.


Patient Information leaflets on medications and common pain interventions

The FPM has produced some patient information leaflets on medications and interventions commonly used to treat persistent pain. The five medication leaflets provide basic information on amitriptyline, nortriptyline, pregabalin, gabapentin and duloxetine. The leaflets were created with the help of multi-professionals as well as patient representatives and are intended to be handed out to patients when they are prescribed these medications.

The 16 intervention leaflets provide information relating to commonly undertaken injections in pain medicine and to answer some questions that patients may have. In undertaking these leaflets, it is recognised that practice may vary significantly and throughout there are statements that refer the patient to the pain practitioner for more information. 


What is a Pain Medicine Specialist?

Pain Medicine describes the work of medical practitioners with specialist qualifications who undertake the comprehensive assessment and management of patients with acute, chronic and cancer pain using pharmacological, interventional, physical and psychological techniques in a multidisciplinary setting.  This document describes the role and functions of a Pain Medicine doctor.


RCoA Lay Committee

The Lay Committee presents an independent, patient viewpoint at the very point at which key decisions are made.  This page also contains some further useful information and resources for patients.


Some useful external links