York Pain Management
I relocated to the UK in 2011 to pursue post-graduate training in Anaesthesia. I trained in the Yorkshire and Humber deanery (Leeds / Bradford school of Anaesthesia) where I rotated through different NHS trusts including the Leeds hospitals which are one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. I became a fellow of the royal college of anaesthetists (FRCA) in 2015 and obtained my certificate of completion of training (CCT) in Anaesthesia in 2019.
Part of my training in anaesthesia included about 2 years of specialising in pain management. I had first-hand experience of working alongside internationally renowned pain experts in the fields of neuromodulation and cancer pain. I became a Fellow of the faculty of pain medicine (FFPMRCA) in 2018.
I hold an honorary teaching post (Honorary senior lecturer) in Hull-York medical school (HYMS). I also have academic and research interests. I’m the first author of several publications in international peer reviewed journals and I have presented studies in international meetings.
I’m bilingual and fully fluent in English and Arabic. In my free time I enjoy learning Spanish, learning how to play the guitar and practicing photography. I also enjoy doing calligraphy.
Ethos of the pain clinic
Suboptimal pain management can lead to life changing serious consequences e.g. long sickness leave and loss of income, depression and suicide ideation, abnormal use of highly addictive painkillers and substance abuse, sleep deprivation, breakdown of relationships, inability to exercise and subsequent weight gain…etc.
Although the profile of pain medicine has risen in recent times, it is still poorly understood in non-specialist settings. This results in unnecessary GP appointments and inappropriate referrals leading to further frustration and distress. Therefore, it is very important to access a specialist in pain management early in the course of any painful condition if you have doubts about the diagnosis you were given or if your pain persists beyond what you and your therapist expect.
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I plan to use a biopsychosocial model to assess and manage your painful condition because pain is not just a symptom that can be cured by a pill, it is a multi-dimensional complex sensory and emotional experience that varies among individuals in terms of the magnitude of suffering and the degree of physical limitation it can inflict.
The vast majority of patients I treat will have a reduction of up to 50% of their pain which enables them to increase their activity levels and significantly improve their sleep and mood. There are some conditions where patients have achieved 80 to 90% pain relief but a generally accepted outcome in pain management is a 50% reduction of pain scores.
Adopting a purely medical approach to pain management often leads to disappointing results. Chronic pain is very closely linked to depression and anxiety. It is well known that treating depression could help reduce the distress caused by pain and vice versa. Therefore, please don’t feel offended if I ask questions about your mood and anxiety levels as this is a crucial part of chronic pain management. There are painkillers that can help manage both pain and depression (e.g. Tricyclic anti-depressants, Serotonin Noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors), and I have expertise in prescribing and managing such medications.
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Thank you for all your help.
I am now pain free and have my life back.