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Your Stories

"People with chronic pain are at substantially increased risk of depression, anxiety, physical deconditioning, poor self-esteem, social isolation and relationship breakdown."

- National Pain Strategy, 2010

 

 

The following people have shared their personal stories of chronic pain, to raise awareness and give people hope.

 

If you are someone living with chronic pain and would like to share your story, we would like to hear from you.

 

Primarily for use on our website, from time to time the media are interested in speaking to people directly about their experiences.

 

If you would like to share your story, please contact us.

 

 

alysha loffler
 
 

Alysha: Osteoporosis (juvenile idiopathic osteoporosis)
I developed Osteoporosis (juvenile idiopathic osteoporosis) as a child, and I never grew out of it

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amy  

Amy: Back pain (Degenerative Disc Disease)
At the age of 21, I developed Degenerative Disc Disease

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 anastasia  

Anastasia: Oralfacial Pain

I used to smile a lot, but these days I tend not to do that 

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 andrea carlaw   Andrea: Chronic neuropathic pain

I live with chronic nerve pain. Every day I feel pain in my chest

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 andrew frank

 

Andrew: Fibromyalgia

About three years ago I experienced a massive wave of muscle cramps throughout my torso 

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 angela bradley   Angela: Fibromyalgia

I've lived with chronic pain for 15 years 

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brendan

 

Brendan: Chronic Abdominal Pain Syndrome

When I developed chronic pain three years ago, at the age of 14, it was a big shock Read more

 

brooke

 

Brooke: Foot Pain

My pain started five years ago, when I was 11. When it began, I wasn't sure how to cope with it.

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bernadette neville

  Bernadette: Portal Vein Thrombosis causing severe abdominal pain

I was prepared to use life-threatening treatment to get rid of it 

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carol mckenna

 

Carol: Fibromyalgia

I completed two degrees, before the pain began and wouldn't go away 

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 catherine aurubind  

Catherine: Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

In 2004, following a routine hysterectomy

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 charmian frend  

Charmian: Back Pain

At the age of 17, when I began to experience extreme back pain

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 chris phillips

 

Chris: Back Pain

In 2010 I got bucked off a horse

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 david johns

 

David: Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Two years ago, I developed chronic nerve pain

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 elizabeth carrigan  

Elizabeth: Back Pain

In 2007 I suffered a spinal injury and crushing pain

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 harriet daly  

Harriet: Back Pain

My life changed suddenly when a jumping castle deflated 

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 holly west

 

 

Holly: Pelvic pain (endometriosis)

I used to think my period pain was just like any other woman's

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 isabella  

Isabella: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Isabella hurt her ankle dancing  

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jaqueline emmett

 

 

 

Jacqueline: Hip Pain

One day in Year 8 I was playing when I hurt my hip

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jacqui lee  

Jacqui: Post Cancer Pain

Most stories about people surviving cancer talk about a new lease on life

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jamie martin

 

 

Jamie: Back pain; nerve pain (sciatica)

A work injury left me with chronic pain, and an unlikely advocate for meditation.

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juanita miller  

Juanita: Fibromyalgia

For me, living with fibromyalgia means every day is a challenge

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karen guillen

 

 

Karen: Chronic Widespread Pain Syndrome

Pain has affected every aspect of my life 

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katrina muir  

Katrina: Migraine without headache

The symptoms have been bewildering

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 kayla dooley

 

 

Kayla: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

A neurological pain disorder where your brain thinks you have a tragic injury, but you don't

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 kellie  johnson  

Kellie: Neuropathic pain & osteoarthritis

In 1997 I had an accident at work. I slipped on a floor and hurt my left ankle

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kirsty glen

 

 

Kirsty: Chronic Pain

My pain started in late 2006, with pain in my back and neck, every few days.

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 kyla milne  

Kyla: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Kyla was doing high jump at school when she got tangled in the bar 

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 margaret mcculloch  

Margaret: Neuropathic Pain

I found myself with debilitating pain in my knees and right leg, after a relatively routine operation.

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 maria thornton  

Maria: Migraine

I've suffered migraine for about 12 years 

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 mary lyn

 

  Mary-Lynne: Undiagnosed form of Arthritis

I've had 22 surgeries in 35 years including two knee replacements

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 Mary Wing  

Mary: Neuropathic pain / Persistent post operative pain / Arthritis

I've had to reinvent myself after a round of spinal surgery 

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 Melanie Galbraith

 

 

Melanie: Chronic neuropathic pain

I'm tall and I chose to be a physiotherapist

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 Neika   Neika: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Neika was in Grade 6 when she hurt her knee

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Nerissa

 

 

Nerissa: Zero negative inflammatory arthritis

I was just 18 and working towards making the Olympic swim team 

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 norah baldock  

Norah: Visceral Pain (interstitial cystitis, a bladder disease)

I've had interstitial cystitis, a bladder disease, for more than 10 years

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 olivia

 

 

Olivia: Endometriosis

I've suffered bad period pain since I was 15

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 peter pan

 

 

Peter: Accident at work

The moment the accident happened will be stuck in my memory forever

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 reachael west

 

  Rachael: Fibromyalgia

It wasn't until my late 20s when I was diagnosed with endometriosis

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 rohan milne dad scott   Scott/Ronan (son): Juvenille Arthritis

Most people think arthritis is an older person's disease, but kids get it too

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soula

 

 

Soula: Pelvic pain (pudendal neuralgia)

My pelvic pain condition, took almost five years to diagnose

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 stephen ms  

Stephen: Multiple Sclerosis I've been living with pain for the past 10 years – 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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steve armstrong

 

 

Steve: Migraine

My migraine condition began 20 years ago

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 steve goldie   Steve: Back Injury

On 18 October 1999 an insignificant event destroyed my life and plunged me into the world of pain

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susan cooke

 

  Susan: Persistent post injury pain

In October 2011 I had a horse riding accident

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suzanne newham   Suzanne: Neuropathic pain (Physical reaction tosound vibrations)

Music and sound were part of my life

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terina scott

 

 

Terina: Chronic pancreatitis

I live with idiopathic segmental chronic pancreatitis

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tina bruce  

Tina: Post herpetic neuralgia

Managing chronic pain is a lot more complicated than I thought

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tracy pitman

 

 

Tracy: Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

Twenty-one years ago I tripped over my own feet and I've been in chronic pain ever since

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trevor gerrand  

Trevor: Neuropathic pain (neck injury)

Pain is a double-edged sword that attacks both physically and mentally

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vanessa watson   Vanessa: Endometriosis, Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Fibromyalgia

By 27 I was living with chronic pain

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Tanya: Neuropathic Pain

My injury was the result of a poor ergonomic workspace, which led to accelerated degeneration of my spine at C5, C6 and C7

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2   

Eugenie: Pelvic Pain

I lived with endometriosis for over 15 years

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 sarafowler  

Sarah: Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

I seem like any other teenager. But I'm different, because I live with chronic pain. Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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