The Complexity of Persistent Pain - A Patient's Perspective

Mobilising knowledge

Delighted to say that I have co-authored a chapter called:

‘A Person-Centered and Collaborative Model for Understanding Chronic Pain. Perspectives from a Pain Patient, a Practitioner, and a Philosopher

with Matthew Low (physiotherapist) and Rani Lill Anjum (philosopher)

which has been published by Routledge in the book Mobilising Knowledge in Physiotherapy: Critical Reflections on Foundations and Practices‘. 

The problems with 'pacing' and neuropathic pain

This was an article I wrote for PainConcern’s magazine called ‘Pain Matters’.  This edition, published in October 2019, took an in-depth look at all aspects of neuropathic pain.

'Recommendations for terminology and the identification of neuropathic pain in people with spine-related leg pain. Outcomes from the NeuPSIG working group'

Honoured to have been a co-author for this position paper published in ‘PAIN’ (Vol.164, no. 8, August 2023) which describes the outcome of an international working group I was part of commissioned by the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).  The working group consisted of leading experts in the field and was tasked with the following objectives: 

    (1) to revise the use of terminology for classifying spine-related leg pain and

    (2) to propose a way forward on the identification of neuropathic pain in context of spine-related leg pain. 

Click to read ‘Recommendations for terminology and the identification of neuropathic pain in people with spine-related leg pain. Outcomes from the NeuPSIG working group’

'Factors predicting the transition from acute to persistent pain in people with ‘sciatica’: the FORECAST longitudinal prognostic factor cohort study protocol'

Delighted to be a co-author on this paper published in BMJ Open which describes the FORECAST research study that I have been a patient partner on.

This important study is looking for factors that predict whether someone with acute sciatica will develop chronic sciatica.  In the future these findings could influence treatment options for sciatica patients.  

Click to read ‘Factors predicting the transition from acute to persistent pain in people with ‘sciatica’: the FORECAST longitudinal prognostic factor cohort study protocol’ 

Early surgery for sciatica. Does new evidence challenge a stepped care approach for all patients?

Having experienced back surgery this is a topic close to my heart.  Delighted to be co-authoring once more with Annina Schmid.  

Click to read ‘Early surgery for sciatica: Does new evidence challenge a stepped care approach for all patients’, published in BMJ Open. 

'If only I had known these things about sciatica!

As part of the IASP’s 2021 theme focused on helping clinicians, scientists, those living with pain, and the public understand the nature of back pain and the utility of available treatment modalities, I was asked to write an article about sciatica.  

Click to read ‘If only I had known these things about sciatica!’

'Living well with pain by the sea'

Reflecting on the importance of my environment in my ability to live well with chronic pain I wrote an article for the Environmental Physiotherapy Association.  

Click to read ‘Living well with pain by the sea’ 

Cognitive Functional Therapy changed my life!

This blog published on the PAIN-Ed website looks at my experience, as a patient with chronic disabling lower back and sciatic pain, being treated by a physiotherapist following a Cognitive Functional Therapy approach.  For me the approach was life changing!

Click to read ‘Cognitive Functional Therapy changed my life!

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