Name  Back Pain
Related to/Also known as  see also Pain, Ankylosing Spondylitis
Symptoms Most cases of back pain are caused by strains and minor injuries, rather than more serious causes
Types
  • neck pain 
  • whiplash
  • shoulder pain 
  • frozen shoulder
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • slipped disc
  • sciatica
Useful national contacts BackCare
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Arthritis Care
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Helpline 0845 130 2704
General enquiries 020 8977 5474
Arthritis Research UK
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Tel. 0300 790 0400

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
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Tel. 020 8948 9117
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Online resources New guidelines on lower back pain and sciatica (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, November 2016)
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Health & Safety Executive
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Tel 0845 345 0055
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read our copy of Arthritis Research UK's booklet on Back Pain.

Name Behçet's Disease
Related to/Also known as Behçet's Syndrome
Symptoms Behçet's Disease is a chronic condition which happens because of disturbances in the body's immune system. The system becomes over-active and produces unpredictable outbreaks of unwanted and exaggerated inflammation. As a result, symptoms occur wherever there is a patch of inflammation, and can be anywhere where there is a blood supply, the most common outbreaks being mouth ulcers.
Types  
Useful national contacts Behçet's Syndrome Society
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Helpline: 0845 130 7329
Online resources Behçet's Disease (NHS Choices)
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Behçet's Syndrome (Arthritis Research UK)
Link opens in new window www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/behcets-syndrome.aspx
Behçet's Syndrome (Vasculitis UK)
Link opens in new window www.vasculitis.org.uk/about-vasculitis/behcets-disease
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read our copy of Arthritis Research UK's booklet Behçet's Syndrome: This booklet provides information and answers to your questions about this condition.

Name Bell's Palsy
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms Bell's Palsy is a condition in which one side of the face becomes paralysed. It is usually temporary, and the majority of cases start to get better within three months. The exact cause of Bell's Palsy is unknown, but it is believed that viral infection of the facial nerve is commonly involved.
Types  
Useful national contacts

Bell's Palsy Association
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Tel: 0870 4445 460

Facial Palsy UK
Link opens in new window www.facialpalsy.org.uk
Tel: 0300 030 9333

News and events  
Online resources Bell's palsy video (NHS Choices)
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Bell's Palsy (Facial Palsy UK)
Link opens in new window www.facialpalsy.org.uk/about-facial-palsy/causes-diagnoses/bells-palsy/37
Our resources The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Name Brain Injury
Related to/Also known as Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Head Injury
Symptoms An injury to the head or face, resulting in trauma to the brain. The brain injury may be mild to severe, and the subsequent impact can likewise be from mild, short-term problems to permanent problems including emotional and behavioural changes, cognitive effects and physical disability.
Types  
Useful national contacts Headway
Helpline: 0808 800 2244
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Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.headway.org.uk/supporting-you/in-your-area
Brain and Spine Foundation
Helpline: 0808 808 1000
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk
Rehab UK
Tel. 0121 616 3900
Link opens in new window www.rehab.ie
Brake (road safety charity)
Helpline for road crash victims: 0808 800 0401
Link opens in new window www.brake.org.uk
UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum
Tel. 0845 608 0788
Link opens in new window www.ukabif.org.uk
Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Development
Tel: 0800 0286256
Link opens in new window www.b-i-r-d.org.uk
Child Brain Injury Trust
Helpline: 0303 303 2248
Link opens in new window www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk
The Legacy Rainbow House: for children with acquired brain injury
Tel: 01704 823 276
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News and events  
Online resources MediKidz explain Acquired Brain Injury
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Head Trauma (Facial Palsy UK)
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Does my brain hate me? TBI survivor's blog
Link opens in new window www.doesmybrainhateme.co.uk

News and events  
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Caring for someone with a brain injury by R. Morris and K. Mudd. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
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Name  Brain tumour
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms A tumour which occurs in the brain, which may be benign (slow growing, non-cancerous), or malignant (invasive, often grows rapidly and cancerous). Each type of tumour has different characteristics.
Types There are many different types of brain tumours. You can find a useful explanation and list at:
Link opens in new window www.patient.co.uk/health/Cancer-of-the-Brain-and-Brain-Tumours.htm
Useful national contacts Brain Tumour Action
Tel. 0131 466 3116
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The Brain Tumour Charity
Tel. 0845 4500 386
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Find your local support group:
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BT Buddies
support for high-grade tumours
Tel: 01688 400 687(9am - 9pm)
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Astro Fund
support for low-grade tumours
Tel. 01485 572767
Link opens in new window www.astrofund.org.uk
Brainstrust
Tel: 01983 292 405
Link opens in new window www.brainstrust.org.uk
Brain and Spine Foundation
Helpline: 0808 808 1000
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk
Online resources What should I tell my children about my brain tumour? (Brain and Spine Foundation)
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MediKidz explain Brain Tumours
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My Cancer Treatment
provides up-to-date and accessible information about NHS cancer services in England
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Losing Myself: The Reality of Life with a Brain Tumour (The Brain Tumour Charity)
Link opens in new window www.thebraintumourcharity.org/Resources/SDBTT/the-research/documents/the-brain-tumour-charity-final-digital.pdf
News and events  
Our resources

Living with a brain tumour The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Living with a Brain Tumor: Dr Peter Black's Guide to Taking Control of Your Treatment. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
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