Manx Care has urged those who suffer from chronic pain on the Isle of Man to discuss their experiences as part of a consultation.
In order to better the lives of those with the condition and develop new services for them, the island's healthcare provider is looking for feedback.
It is crucial, according to pharmaceutical advisor Maria Bell, to hear directly from those who are affected. .
Up until March 6th, the consultation is accessible online. .
Manx Care said there was "a great deal of evidence to show that each person experiences pain differently and it is crucial to understand how it affects their lives" in a statement provided as part of the survey.
In addition to helping clinicians and the general public understand the "limited usefulness of some medicines in this area," plans were being developed to offer alternative pain therapies and services. .
According to a Manx Care spokeswoman, common chronic pain conditions include lower back pain, arthritis, and pain brought on by a nerve injury. These conditions can range in severity from mild to severe.
This could affect a person's social life, make it difficult for them to work, and make it harder for them to care for their children, she continued. .
In order to better understand what services and support are currently available to people with chronic pain, the consultation has asked for feedback on both of these topics. .
Anyone with personal experience of chronic pain was urged to "please make your voice heard through this consultation," according to Ms. Bell.