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A life with pain -- new study examines the experiences of older people
Date:1/8/2009

nds to revolve around pain and yet, at the same time, it's not something that's seen as being something you can talk about too much. This is why I use the word 'lonely', and I think pain can make you feel lonely because you feel that you're the only one suffering and can cope with it, and that is a lonely experience."
Janet Allcock, 73, retired healthcare worker.

  • Psychological effects "I worry a lot about my pain and sometimes I think about what I have done in the past and can no longer do for myself and my family. I know that worrying can bring your health down, but I can't help worrying about it. I find it very difficult to sleep and I am not able to sleep on my side some nights I cannot sleep at all."
    Nur Uddin, 70, lives with wife and family.

  • Response of the medical profession "Doctors sometimes see you as an illness rather than a whole person."
    Dorothy Bristow, 68, member of BackCare: the charity for Healthier Backs.

    "I feel reluctant to keep going and pestering my doctor about my pain because when you get to my age, and especially if you're a woman, you feel he's going to think I'm being neurotic. And because pain can't be seen, it's probably not easy for him to understand how much pain I'm actually in."
    Janet Allcock, as above.

  • Not being able to do 'normal' things "It's the little things that annoy not being able to paint one's own toenails, essential with summer sandals! Two walking sticks mean I can't hold my grandchild's hand. Small things yes but they matter."
    Dorothy Bristow, as above.

    "Simple tasks like lifting a grandchild from their cot and bringing them downstairs become a cause for concern, as I'm conscious that if my knee goes an accident could easily happen."
    Ben Kelk, as above.

    The report raises points for discussion and recommends ways in which agencies dealing with pain in older people from the Government and policy-makers to the NHS
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