There are things like I think Back Pain Association and now, with the age of the internet, there's so many things that you can find. So find out as much as you can about your pain and why it's there and, through understanding, might come acceptance that whilst it's there but you understand why and, therefore, you may be in a better position to deal with it.
Is the internet something that you've used yourself?
Oh yes, but then I have access to it very easily. I use the internet a lot. I've got a computer at work. I actually found my operation on the internet. I got more information from the internet than I did from my GP, from my surgeon.
I mean I knew exactly the procedure I was going in for, I knew why they were doing what they were doing and, when I didn't have the expected result after surgery, I was in fact able to go onto the internet and find out why that might be the case. And then, when I went to the doctors, went back to the hospital, I was able to ask quite probing questions.
But sadly I think the more you ask the more you realise that there isn't always an answer and that can be quite difficult because you think, in this day and age of technology, that there will be an answer, there must be an answer, but there isn't always and that's difficult.
So yeah, I find the internet incredibly, incredibly helpful. I think for people who perhaps don't have background in biology or, you know, they don't understand, they've not been trained in these areas, there's a lot of help on the internet in very plain language that people would understand and it is an eye opener.
And I think when you're informed and you go to speak, especially for example if you're trying to determine whether you should go for surgery or not, the more informed you are, the more you can ask of your surgeon and the more, I think perhaps you will feel easier with any decision that you make because it's an informed choice.
So I find the internet very helpful and I think anyone can go on the internet and find it helpful and that might even be something that, I know for example when I asked my GP he gave me a disc, a CD away with me and basically that was a list of all they, you know, support groups that were available.
So yeah, I think it would be good to have access. I think you'll probably get a lot more information from that than you will from a five minute chat with your GP and even a 20 minute consultation with your surgeon or your consultant and I think you can ask more questions and get more answers if you do.