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I'm Pete and my story is very typical of that of a pain patient.
I was, like many pain patients, looking for that magic bullet to take away the pain.
Managing my pain was like playing a game of snakes and ladders – a game of luck. Most days melted into the next and I was a very poor pain self-manager.
I didn't exercise or generally look after my body, I ate all the wrong foods and when something went wrong with it, I expected the doctor to fix me.
My turning point came in 1996 when I attended a Pain Management Programme. It was described to me as a programme that could help me increase my confidence and mobility and provide me with the pain toolkit of skills to self-manage my pain.
This programme finally gave me something that helped me turn the corner and live with my pain. I have been back in full time work since 2000 and, to date, I have never had a day off sick.
To cut a long story short, I now work solely on the Pain Toolkit concept, providing educational support for both patients and healthcare professionals, promoting pain self-management both in the UK and in Europe.
I look forward to receiving your questions.
All the very best
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Do you need extra help?
You can opt to be contacted by a trained pain coach (somebody who knows what it’s like to live with daily pain) who can offer you additional support to help with your goals if you need it.
We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to offer any new pain coaches at the moment but will endeavour to get this back up and running as soon as possible.
More information on the Pain Chain.
Please note that these services are available only to people who are currently or have previously been under the pain service.
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