Living with Pain - A Long COVID Patient Perspective and How Clinicians Can Help
In this webinar, the speakers will look at the lived experience of people who have contracted COVID-19 and how they have had to struggled with the issues of pain alongside the other Long COVID symptoms. Musculoskeletal aches and pains are the third most common side effect of long COVID and understanding the patient perspective can allow for tailoring of therapy according to their needs rather than reaching out to usual medications. There will be two patient perspectives - one from a patient with chronic pain exacerbated due to Long COVID and the other will be the start of de novo pain due to long COVID. Do they differ and if so how? What are the needs of the patient, which can define treatment paths forward? How should pain and long COVID services evolve then to deal with this potential problem? We will then hear from two clinicians who have helped set up one of the initial 43 national clinics for Long COVID in the UK and see how they have designed a system that is responsive to patient needs and the opportunities and challenges of designing a service for a condition where the knowledge is still evolving and forming.
- Introduce the issue of chronic pain both as a consequence of Long COVID and also its exacerbation by contracting acute COVID.
- Participants will hear from patients struggling with Long COVID symptoms (how they have managed and the supports they received and their needs during this difficult time amidst multiple waves of acute COVID and lockdowns).
- The role of coproduction and its utility in designing new innovative ways of providing support.