Effect of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain on patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD)

The aim of this student’s MSc study was to explore the ‘lived experience’ of musculoskeletal pain in patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. The study involved interviews and patient’s completed questionnaires on pain, Parkinson’s and anxiety & depression. Participants were recruited from acute and community NHS Trusts in the East of England.   The study found that analgesic use was low due to participants’ belief that taking pain killers was bad for them. Pacing of daily activities, comfort and appropriate exercise were important in pain management. Patients should be reassured of the benefits and low risk of step 1 analgesics. Best coping was enabled by both, acceptance of their condition and advanced management techniques. Patient’s unique experience of pain and their personal expertise in its management should be respected by professionals.
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Helen Sutherland,
26 Feb 2016, 06:55
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Helen Sutherland,
26 Feb 2016, 06:54
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