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
Useful national contacts BackCare
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Versus Arthritis
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Helpline 0800 5200 520

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
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Tel. 020 8948 9117
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Children & young people Back Pain in Children (Patient website)
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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 resources on Back Pain 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 of Behçet's Disease  
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 UK (formerly Behçet's Syndrome Society)
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Helpline: 0845 130 7329
Children & young people  How are children affected by Behçet's? (Behçet's UK)
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Online resources Behçet's Disease (NHS Choices)
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Behçet's Syndrome (Arthritis Research UK)
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Behçet's Syndrome (Vasculitis UK)
Link opens in new window www.vasculitis.org.uk/about-vasculitis/behcets-disease
Our resources

What is Behçet's Syndrome? The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Behçet's Disease and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read our copy of Arthritis Research UK's booklet What is Behçet's Syndrome?

Name Bell's Palsy
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms of Bell's Palsy
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

Children & young people  Bell's palsy in children (Facial Palsy UK)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y5ftwyqt
News and events  
Online resources Bell's palsy (NHS Choices)
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Bell's Palsy (Facial Palsy UK)
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Our resources The library at The Brain Charity has a range of  resources on Bell's Palsy 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 of Brain Injury
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:
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Brain and Spine Foundation
Helpline: 0808 808 1000
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk
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.birdcharity.org.uk

CSF Leak Association
Charity working to raise the profile and support understanding of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and provides support to sufferers and carers.
Link opens in new window www.csfleak.info
Children & young people

Supported By BBC Children in NeedThe Brain Changer Arts Project

Thanks to generous funding from BBC Children in Need, The Brain Charity will be providing dance and art workshops for children and young people, with Physiotherapy Through Dance and Occupational Therapy Through Art.

Do you have time to complete our short online survey ? Your responses to the questions in this survey will help to shape the project to make sure we are offering the best service possible. If you are a parent or carer please give the information about the child or young person in your care.


Child Brain Injury Trust
For families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury
Link opens in new window https://childbraininjurytrust.org.uk
• Find loal support:  https://tinyurl.com/y3a28o6s

The Legacy Rainbow House
For children with acquired brain injury
Tel: 01704 823 276
Link opens in new window www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com


SameYou
charity for young adults with brain injury and stroke
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Online resource 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 Road Safety Week. 18-34 November 2019
Our resources MediKidiz Explain Aquired Brain Injury

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

Visit our library to read the book for young people MediKidz Explain Aquired Brain Injury.

Name  Brain tumour
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms of Brain Tumour
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:
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Useful national contacts Brain Tumour Action
Tel. 0131 466 3116
Link opens in new window www.braintumouraction.org.uk

The Brain Tumour Charity
Tel. 0845 4500 386
Link opens in new window www.thebraintumourcharity.org
Find your local support group:
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• The Brain Tumour Charity Liverpool Support Group meets at The Brain Charity


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 Tumour Support
Support Services tel. 01454 422701​
Link opens in new window www.braintumoursupport.co.uk

Brain and Spine Foundation
Helpline: 0808 808 1000
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.
Children & young people

HeadSmart
Common signs and symptoms of a brain tumour in babies, children and teenagers.
Link opens in new window www.headsmart.org.uk

Brain and Spinal Tumours (Children With Cancer UK)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y64efjj4

Online resources What should I tell my children about my brain tumour? (Brain and Spine Foundation)
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Losing Myself: The Reality of Life with a Brain Tumour (The Brain Tumour Charity)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y8fnnvcb
News and events

A part of The Brain Charity's outreach work in St Helens, the St. Helens Brain Tumour support group meets once a month. Thursdays, 6.00-7.00pm. You can just turn up!

Our resources

Alex's Journey: The story of a child with a brain tumour The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Brain Tumour and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Alex's Journey: The story of a child with a brain tumour.