I wouldn’t want to live in Scotland with a pain that doesn’t go away. On the BBC news a few nights ago bbcnews scotland it was reported that the wait to see someone who might be able to help could be 110 weeks in some regions , with an average wait of 30 weeks to see someone who knows something about pain.
It is fundamental neuroscience that if the brain has worked out that pain is the best thing to produce to cope then if offered no alternatives, it will keep getting better and better at producing pain, so good in fact that most stimuli default to a pain production.
The pity is that inexpensive, appropriate early education and behavioural change is likely to limit the number of Scots with chronic pain (now over 800,000).
I am raising a flag to the Scots in the hope that something can be done about this tragedy.