Videos: personal stories about living with chronic pain.
Pain that lasts longer than 3 months is referred to as chronic or persistent pain. One in six New Zealanders live with chronic pain. No two people are affected in the same way. In the following videos, people discuss what they do to manage chronic pain.
Pacing yourself with chronic pain
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and increased pain sensitivity. In this video, a woman with fibromyalgia discusses the strategies she uses to cope with her pain. For more interviews visit Healthtalk.org's chronic pain page.
Coping with flare-ups
Dramatic increases in pain levels, or flare-ups, are often part of chronic pain. Flare-ups are often triggered by overdoing things, although the effects might not be felt until later. In this video, a woman discusses the strategies she has learnt to minimise how often flare ups occur and how long they last. For more interviews visit Healthtalk.org's coping with flare-ups page.