It’s good to see that NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) have updated their advice on the long-term use of anti-inflammatories and pain-killers to manage persisting pain, instead recommending other approaches that a) are more likely to work and b) have less side-effects.
In essence, they are saying that any pain that can’t be accounted for in terms of an injury or physical cause will fall into this category.
Of course, this won’t stop patients self-medicating.
Ibuprofen and paracetamol are cheap, readily available over-the-counter medicines.
But it may well prompt more useful conversations aimed at actually helping or resolving the patient’s problem.