FPM10 Patient Story 3
Patient Story 3
"I have pain in my lower back and left leg, since I had knee replacements about 5-6 years ago. I have tried several different medications and injections, but nothing takes the pain away.
Before my pain problem, I had a very active lifestyle. I was a physical training instructor in the Forces for 4 years and also worked as a dinner lady for 19 years. Until the age of 65, I taught keep-fit classes. Swimming used to be one of my regular activities.
Prior to the Pain Management Programme, I wasn’t pacing and my legs became very stiff and painful. As a result of the programme, I learnt the importance of pacing so that I could walk longer distances and do more household tasks. I now often sit down between tasks and use my perching stool for rests. This helps me to manage my activities.
I feel a lot happier that I’m now able to do more. I often use the bus to go on day trips and go out for dinner. I can do more around the house. My husband and I help each other. I found it very helpful to meet other people, with similar problems, on the Pain Management Programme. It’s important for me to stay positive and think about the things which I can still do.
Three top tips
- Keep working at pacing – it does work if you do it properly. Don’t push yourself too far, or else you are no good for the rest of the day.
- Keep positive and don’t give up. It’s important to have a good attitude and to look forward.
- Don’t be too proud, if there is help, accept it!"
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