Reframing my chronic painBMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3571 (Published 07 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3571
- Hannah Vickers
Two years after my chronic leg pain started, I had gone through lots of investigations but still did not have a clear cause. My health professional asked, ‘Why do you think you’re in pain still?” I paused. I honestly did not know. He pushed me further, asking what I was concerned could be causing this. Now, exasperated and tearful, I answered again, “I don't know, that’s the problem.” After numerous investigations and one operation, no one had explained to me the cause of my pain.
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