Chronic pain usually refers to persistent or recurrent pain that has gone on for more than three months. It is a very individual experience and can affect people in many different ways. 

BBC News wants to hear from you if you have chronic pain to understand how such a condition, which is often hidden, is affecting millions of people.


Please answer the following questions if you are in chronic pain or you are answering on behalf of someone who is living with chronic pain.

All responses will remain anonymous and kept secure in line with the BBC's Privacy Policy.
 

1. In the past three months how often have you had pain?

Please select one of these options:

 

2. Over the past three months how has your pain affected you? Please select the option that you feel most closely reflects your experiences:

 

3. Where do you live in the UK?

Please choose from the following:
 

4. How old are you?

Please select your age group
 

5. What is your gender?

 

6. Where in your body do you feel your chronic pain? Please choose all which apply:
 

 

7. Still thinking about the pain that you have been experiencing, which of the following diagnoses have you received from a healthcare professional?  Please choose all which apply:

 

8. Which treatments are you currently using for your chronic pain? Please choose all that apply:
 

 

9. If you are/have been taking opioid medication (such as codeine, co-codamol, tramadol tablets, morphine, or buprenorphine or fentanyl patches) how has your dose changed in the past six months? Please choose one of the following options:

 

10. If you are taking opioid medication (such as codeine, co-codamol, tramadol tablets, morphine, or buprenorphine or fentanyl patches), do you feel the medication is helping you to manage your chronic pain?  Please choose one of the following options:

 

11. If you experienced chronic pain before the pandemic (before March 2020), how would you say the severity of your pain has changed? Please select one of the following options:

 

12. Thinking about the impact of your chronic pain on your mental health, which of the following statements do you agree with? 

 

13. Thinking about health professionals you have consulted with about your chronic pain, how would you describe the care you have usually received. Please mark whether you agree or disagree with the following statements:
 

AgreeDisagreeDon't know
They have enough time for me
They listen to my concerns
They believe me when I talk about my pain
They are knowledgeable about how to manage chronic pain
They offer useful suggestions about what might help my chronic pain
They provide me with the support I need
I haven't seen a health professional about my chronic pain
 

14. If you are on a waiting list for any treatment, what treatment are you waiting for? Please select all that apply:

 

15. Have you been given any indication of how long you will have to wait for treatment from when you were referred by a health care professional?

 

16. Have you felt socially isolated during the pandemic in the various Covid-19 lockdowns? Please select one of these options:

 

17. If you have felt socially isolated during the various Covid-19 lockdowns, how do you feel it affected your chronic pain?  Please select one of these options:

 

18. Do you feel able to talk about the chronic pain you experience? Please select one of these options:

 

19. If you could describe your chronic pain in one word how would you describe it? Please use the text box below:

 

20. To what extent do you feel able to manage your chronic pain? Please choose one of the following options:

 

21. Would you say any of the following factors have had a negative impact on your chronic pain (Choose all that apply):

 

 
PRIVACY NOTICE: All responses to the survey will remain anonymous as the survey does not ask for any personal data that can identify you directly or indirectly. The BBC will share the information you have provided in the survey with SmartSurvey, the third party provider hosting the survey on our behalf and with Versus Arthritis, the charity which has helped distribute the survey. For information on how the BBC processes personal data, please go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy