"Why I want more health experts to focus on people living with pain": Sophie Scott our newest Pain Champion
We are delighted to announce ABC National Medical Reporter Sophie Scott has joined Painaustralia as our newest champion for pain.
“The wealth of experience and skills that Sophie brings to the awareness of pain as a national health priority is invaluable and we are incredibly pleased she is prepared to share her story,” said Painaustralia Chairman Robert Regan.
This is Sophie’s story.
“It started pretty simply really. Just a twinge in my right wrist when I was doing pilates.
What it turned into was a medical merry go round of scans, interventions, treatments and eventually chronic pain in my right wrist and arm.
My genetic gift of being hypermobile and years of typing/texting/writing created a perfect storm.
I visited GPs, physios, rehab physicians and then a pain clinic, where I learned that taking pain killing medication wasn’t really helping.
What did help me was doing a free online pain management course at Macquarie University, strength training, pacing and for flare ups using a biofeedback device.
What I learned is that living with pain is nothing to be ashamed of, that managing pain goes hand in hand with managing your mental health.