We would like to thank the people who have told their remarkable stories.

These stories are not designed to give the impression that there is a “quick fix” to chronic / persistent pain. Most of the people still have some ongoing pain, but they have found strategies to reduce their pain, disability and improve their quality of life.
The purpose of the stories is to provide hope to people with pain by demonstrating how a range of people, from different backgrounds can regain control of their pain and their lives.
The stories also offer an insight into the many factors involved in chronic pain, which vary for each person and their pathway to improvement will be unique for them.
The role of the healthcare professional in these cases is to be a partner and facilitator of this process.
The key ingredients to this process of change often involve understanding the complex nature of pain and developing active strategies to control it.

22
Dec

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You’re the driver, the only person that is going to make yourself better is yourself

“Hi, I’m Shaun I’m 22 years of age. I used to be an auto-electrician. Now I’m an estimator/mechanical planner. I hurt my lower back a year and a half ago. […]

08
Dec

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Living with burns and back pain

Persistent Annoying Incurable Nerve-racking. The perfect description given to describe pain from a burns survivor with chronic back troubles. Dating way back to 1997, I never imagined life would pan […]

27
Sep

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In my future I am looking forward to working

“Hi, I’m Jamie. I used to be in the Navy and then suffered this back injury. I haven’t worked since 2007. The reason I agreed to share my story is […]

26
Jul

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The negativity from my work, I reckon made my back worse

Daniel is in his early 20’s and was on track to be an Australian leading light vehicle mechanic in the F1 or V8’s. He hurt his back and struggled to […]

07
Mar

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Cognitive Functional Therapy with Peter O’Sullivan – a patient’s perspective

Joletta Belton (Jo) writes a blog on living with chronic pain. She recently discussed meeting Peter O’Sullivan for a treatment session at the San Diego Pain Summit, below.   I […]