FPM10 Patient Story 3

During our 10th anniversary in 2017 we collected some patient stories that demonstrate both the experience of living with chronic pain and the many benefits of chronic pain services

Patient Story 3

"I have pain in my lower back and left leg, since I had knee replacements about 5-6 years ago. I have tried several different medications and injections, but nothing takes the pain away.

Before my pain problem, I had a very active lifestyle. I was a physical training instructor in the Forces for 4 years and also worked as a dinner lady for 19 years. Until the age of 65, I taught keep-fit classes. Swimming used to be one of my regular activities.

Prior to the Pain Management Programme, I wasn’t pacing and my legs became very stiff and painful. As a result of the programme, I learnt the importance of pacing so that I could walk longer distances and do more household tasks. I now often sit down between tasks and use my perching stool for rests. This helps me to manage my activities.

    I feel a lot happier that I’m now able to do more ... I found it very helpful to meet other people, with similar problems, on the Pain Management Programme. It’s important for me to stay positive and think about the things which I can still do.

    I feel a lot happier that I’m now able to do more. I often use the bus to go on day trips and go out for dinner. I can do more around the house. My husband and I help each other. I found it very helpful to meet other people, with similar problems, on the Pain Management Programme. It’s important for me to stay positive and think about the things which I can still do.

    Three top tips:

    1. Keep working at pacing – it does work if you do it properly. Don’t push yourself too far, or else you are no good for the rest of the day.
    2. Keep positive and don’t give up. It’s important to have a good attitude and to look forward.
    3. Don’t be too proud, if there is help, accept it!"