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During the second operation they also did nerve damage, which is irreparable and because of that nerve damage I have had to get pain relief medication because I’m in pain every day. And it was so severe this year I had to spend a week in the hospice, the local hospice, to get the pain control sorted out so that I wasn’t sleeping all day on too high a dosage and I wasn’t going back into pain because of too low a dosage, to get the pain control at a level where I could function socially and interact with people and, for instance, drive the car, I couldn’t drive the car legally.
And but I can function quite well, I can, I can go about and I can interact with my family and watch television and I have a reasonably good night’s sleep maybe two or three times a week. I do still have the pain in my back, which disturbs my sleep, but apart from that, at the minute I’m doing quite well.
Do you use any other techniques which aren’t medication-based to keep control of your pain?
No, if the pain becomes very bad the only other way that I can control it is to go to bed for a couple of hours and rest, and that’s the only thing that alleviates the pain and brings it back down to a stage where I can tolerate it. Rest really is the best thing.