About

York Pain Management

I studied medicine in Al-Fateh university in Tripoli, Libya which is also my birthplace. I was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) with distinction in 2007, and my overall ranking was the 8th in a class of about 500 graduates.

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’m currently a consultant in Anaesthesia and pain management in York teaching hospitals NHS Trust (appointed in September 2019). I run weekly pain clinics alongside a dynamic multi-disciplinary team and perform interventions for various acute and chronic painful conditions I also provide Anaesthetic and peri-operative care for patients requiring various types of surgery.

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

The motto of the royal college of Anaesthetists is Divinum Sedare Dolorem (Latin: It is divine to alleviate pain). I strongly believe that no human being should be left to suffer with pain. Unfortunately access to pain services in the public health sector is difficult and often delayed due to multiple complex constraints which preclude the delivery of effective pain management.

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.

Request An Appointment

Once you request an appointment, I will do my best to see you as soon as possible. I work from many locations and have a lot of flexibility around my timetable. Ideally, I would like to meet you in person in a clinic setting in order to take a thorough history and perform a physical examination if the condition is not too painful to allow me to do so. I also offer telephone or video consultations depending on your circumstances and what you prefer.

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.

Painful Conditions

Painful conditions vary in intensity and duration. When pain becomes chronic (more than 3 to 6 months in duration) it becomes extremely difficult to treat. Therefore, if you are suffering from chronic pain it is unrealistic to aim for complete relief. It is thought that at least 10% of the general population suffer from chronic pain. Living with pain is very challenging if you don’t get the right help at the right time. I will work very closely with you and will offer you a realistic management plan that will involve one or more of the following: medications, pain interventions (diagnostic or therapeutic injections), imaging (usually X ray or MRI), advice on lifestyle and exercise, referral to other specialists (e.g. physiotherapy, clinical psychology, neurosurgery).

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.