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When your feelings of pain, discomfort and distress never seem to go away, it starts to affect how you feel about the future too. What keeps you awake at night?

Don’t Go To The OUCH! gives you the opportunity to meet a few of the real people that Gloria Gilbert has treated in her own physiotherapy practice.

Although people experience pain and other kinds of chronic distress in different ways, you may recognize some of these concerns in your own life.

If you do, you might be interested in learning how different people came to understand and deal with their personal ‘pains’ better in Don’t Go To The OUCH!

Lorenzo’s Concerns:

Lorenzo is a 52-year-old male working in a home building trade. His wife died 4 years ago after a long illness. Lorenzo does not have a work pension and is relying on working part-time when he retires at 65.

His knee pain has become worse over the last few years.

  • I am worried I will not be able to continue working until I am 65.
  • What happens if I have an accident at work? I have heard terrible things about the insurance system for injured workers.
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Sally’s Concerns:

Sally is a 50-year-old accountant who was born with a neuro-muscular disease affecting the muscles in her arms, neck and upper body.

She is now having difficulties doing her work, preparing meals and dressing.

  • I enjoy my work and colleagues, but I occasionally hit the wrong keys on the computer. Should I consider early retirement?
  • Opening jars and even turning the key-lock in my front door is becoming more difficult. Why is this happening?
  • Will I have to stop driving?

Evelyn’s Concerns:

Evelyn, a 77-year-old woman has suffered with pain, fatigue and depression for many years. She had surgery for spinal stenosis but now has to face some new issues with hip pain.

  • I am getting tired of being in pain all the time. Everything I try seems to make things worse.
  • Physiotherapy taught me that I need to exercise regularly and keep my joints mobile. But any exercise seems to flare me up, and I ‘feel terrible’ for days afterwards.
  • Some days I feel like giving it all up and talking a lot of pills to end this.
  • I usually enjoy being with friends; now I hardly have the energy to make a phone call.
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Mariam’s Concerns:

Mariam, age 37, was active and healthy until a car accident 18 months ago. Although she has made some improvement, she still takes pain medication, is not sleeping well and has not been able to return to work.

  • I am trying so hard to get better. Why isn’t anything working?
  • Am I ever going to be able to return to work or enjoy being with my family and friends again?
  • I tried going to the gym, but I immediately got nauseous and had to go back to the locker room.
  • My memory is terrible. Do I also have Alzheimer’s or some terrible disease?

Different people, different ‘pains’, different ways to move forward. Learn more about Lorenzo, Sally, Evelyn and Mariam in Don’t Go To The OUCH!

Sally’s Story

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