Oh my, the last seven days have been exhausting. What started out as a twinge in my leg quickly developed into a pain disco of numbness, pins and needles, and sharp bolts while I also developed other symptoms on an almost daily basis.
I have read that up to 40% of the UK population suffer with chronic pain in their lifetime. Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain for a period of greater than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. I couldn’t find the official UK statistics for chronic pain but this might be because it appears chronic pain is controversially regarded as a symptom only of other diseases and it is not classified as a disease of its own.
The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which, along with funding research, also provides education to medics and patients about the treatment of chronic pain. I know I am fortunate that I can mostly continue with my day-to-day activities with the therapies I’ve been prescribed. I have donated £10 to support The Pain Relief Foundation so that, one day, this can be the case for everyone.