"Everyday tasks are a struggle"
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is more common than most people can imagine, affecting people of all ages and stages in life. Approximately 100 million people across Europe suffer from chronic pain. The reasons for long term pain might not be apparent and they vary greatly.
According to a 2017 report by GAfPA (Global Alliance for Patient Access) one third of people suffering chronic pain stated that the reported pain was so severe they could not tolerate it anymore, and a fifth of respondents stated they lost their job or were diagnosed with depression as a result.
Chronic pain can affect your everyday life and can be incapacitating. Long term pain can have a negative impact on your ability to work and to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Even the simplest of tasks like doing the laundry or taking out the trash can be challenging when you suffer from chronic pain.
You might be experiencing a sense of hopelessness as you struggle to live your life whilst battling constant pain for which there is no obvious reason, or solution. People who suffer chronic pain often feel isolated and misunderstood by their family and friends.
“Even if it looks like they are living a normal life, they are not. The pain is real"
What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?
Chronic, or neuropathic, pain is often difficult to diagnose, and it can be even more difficult to find a treatment that works. You might have tried forms of physical therapy and been prescribed pain killing medication, which can have negative side effects, such as drowsiness. Long-term use of opioids can lead to a decrease in sensitivity, resulting in an increase in dosage and a risk of dependence.
An alternative to medication is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), which delivers electrical signals to the brain to mask pain messages and provide immediate relief, without the unwanted side effects of strong pain medication. It has helped thousands of people find relief and start to live again.
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