Struggling to be me with chronic pain

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This is a short film based on a synthesis of 77 qualitative studies exploring the experience of over a thousand adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

The script is drawn from peoples’ own words about what it is like to live with chronic pain and is performed by an actor.

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme (09/2001/09).

Visit the HS&DR website for more information. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HS&DR programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.

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Comments

Curt Ray says:

i get to feeling better when i am feeling no pain. i had no idea our body could do this

Shirley B says:

BEAUTIFUL, I like this video as a sufferer myself all is so very true, but with poetry almost in your story as you say it to us viewers. Thanks and much prayers for all chronic pain patients to try and hang in their. I had to move and take care of family and medical system here is terrible doctors sucks scared to deaf to give you a useless pain pill and taking all you took for granted meaning myself that I did get relief from my other doctor, I miss and respect him so. He takes his oath to help folks so deep in him and as it reads " I will not allow my patients to suffer when their is modern ways to relieve it " this so called epidemic is such bullshit and the government knows it, even the president these krooked politicians in house and etc, etc, this nation needs to stop letting the 1%' r's and they think not of the billions paid to certain folks in the government who makes these laws and doesn't care of the trully responsible, non abusing any of our meds and shit half the time they don't help when your having an even more severe day or few days lately. I hope any doctor reading this understand you just cannot continue refusing medication to help those that just need help to try and live a little easier and in less pain not complete but better than becoming a Vega table laying in bed because of your pain level, cannot eat, it's so very miserable so if a patient whom trully needs help, PLEASE HELP THEM. GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND THANKS AGAIN.

Natalie M says:

This is so sad but so true. But they can see my crippling Rheumatoid arthritis but won't treat my pain.

Dan0101010101010 says:

why would u give a fuck about what ppl think if u r in pain wouldn't u just be solely focussed and consumed with the pain?  If I hurt myself I don't give 2 damns about what ppl think while im in pain.

Coming soon JESUS says:

As a 32 year chronic pain person I never think that deeply. My thoughts are all superficial and limited to what's absolutely necessary.

Kristijan Grdjan says:

This is so true. As a chronic pain sufferer, I share 95% of experiences mentioned here! Well done!

Nicole Jessica says:

Every doctor and member of the CDC should watch this. Thank you.

Carrie Wimberley Mitchel says:

Wow, thank you so much for putting it into words! I just say I'm making it when asked. I push myself to keep from being criticized by some that do not understand.

Mike Quinn says:

I short my back is destroyed. Can't sit, stand or walk. Once a athlete now pithatic. Suicide seems to be the logical way to go. It truly is a life without hope.

Jem Jem says:

This is spot on:(

Cloud Dweller says:

you are walking and drinking tea……i am in bed…………….

Memory Malunga says:

Is anybody listening?

wjb722 says:

I'll list some things which may help, people can do more research on them. Chiropractic, diet (cutting out "foods" such as grains – wheat, corn, etc; MSG, stay away from gluten in other sources, too much calcium, too much sodium w/o being balanced by potassium). Copper imbalance (find more info from Morley Robbins), magnesium deficiency (Dr. Carolyn Dean and Morley Robbins offer more info). EFT tapping is free and easy, Brad Yates is great to follow along with here on youtube and has many videos. Andrew W. Saul's free website doctoryourself.com – search whatever you want, no spam or sign up.

Blue jeans says:

This Video is so turth ibeen living with spine pain 2007 after surgery and noe have Arthritis. .Doctors not listening. .. i suffer in silent. Dont what is be a complainer. .So maybe get a hip replacements.. if that fails that will sucks im ready to let my hubby go … so i can be alone. He needs a life

borisalpha says:

Mind wants to body can’t , I suffer from CHRONIC PAIN DUE ACCIDENT I HAVE 5 VARIOUS OPERATIONS ON MY L4/L5 …. MY MEDS PER MONTH IS 2K UPWARDS . THEY THE PROFESSIONAL DOCTORS HASNT A BLEEDING CLUE PAIN CLINC DONT FLAMING WORKI CANT DRIVE ANY MORE …. AS FOR BLUE BAY RAGE I TOLD THE OLD WAGON TO COUNT MY 28 METAL STAPLES ON MY SPINE …

Dwight Turner says:

Winston Churchill once said, "If you are going through hell, keep going." That statement has kept me from ending it all.

Rocky Ruggiero says:

You are NOT alone. I suffer too. Minute by minute. Second by second. I pray one day I'm in heaven and I get a new body.

TechWith Todd says:

I suffer with it as well. It can be a living hell. It changes you over time. Like carrying around a demon inside you that always want's to get out and be angry at people. Little things can trigger bad social reactions as folks don't realize you are already clenching your teeth in pain and trying to be calm.

Gwen Vann says:

Wow! This is such an accurate account of living in constant pain.

just Joy says:

I can see the Pain. What have Doctors become? I;m so Sorry. Can I share this?

BbguM gnarl says:

My house used to be bustling,food and booze parties every weekend,anyone's birthday or any celebration was held there because of my cooking. Now its crickets,the once place to be is now avoided. Rice krispies and chips are about all I can manage. Even people close have looked with disgust at my condition because they think I'm exaggerating. It sucks.

Karen's Life says:

A lot of this is a good reflection of chronic pain, BUT If she had a back problem she wouldn't be able to carry shopping bags!!

birdlynn hubbard says:

Thank you, very much appreciated. She is the voice of most of us.

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