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Putting People in Pain in the Driver’s Seat

(From the Pain Revolution website)

Soula Mantalvanos and Pain Train join the Pain Revolution

Community action and learning together is a key part of the Pain Revolution message. We need to include all people in the conversation if we’re going to make the changes needed to reduce the burden of persisting pain.

We have some wonderful people in our community that have stories to tell. They don’t ride bikes but that doesn’t keep them on the sidelines. One of those people is Soula Mantalvanos, who has given us permission to borrow some of her energy and passion as a Pain Revolution ambassador.

Soula Mantalvanos Pain Train

Hearing about the lived experiences of people in pain is critical to designing the future of pain care. We’re including the voices of people living with pain alongside our expert and professional voices. For too long, the stories of the people that live with pain, often heroically and with great resilience, have not been heard and understood. Within them is great insight and wisdom, as well as struggle.

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Pain Train VICDOC: ‘Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain’

Current edition of VICDOC available via the AMA Victoria website

Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain

Written by Kate James

‘While one in five Australians experience chronic pain (and one in three over 65 years), the National Pain Strategy indicates that many health professionals have limited training in pain management. There is a shortage of pain clinics, public waiting lists are on average two years’ long, and it’s often left to GPs to manage complex conditions in short appointments.’ Continue reading “Pain Train VICDOC: ‘Time-saving tool for managing chronic pain’”

Pain Train: An Ambassador for the Pain Revolution 2018

Pain Train: Ambassador for the Pain Revolution 2018

(Soula Mantalvanos Jan 19, 2018 pudendalnerve.com.au)

 

(Cut to the chase, I want to support the Pain Revolution 2018!!!)

I’ve got a soft spot for Professor Lorimer Moseley.

In Feb 2011 I had just had the peripheral stimulation implant op and was slowly emerging from my darkest days.

Alone at home while Theo started a new full time job and staring at our shut down graphic design business I was still unable to do very much at all but I listened to the radio and that was where I first heard Lorimer speaking. He was on Margaret Throsby’s show on ABC Classic FM.

I heard Lorimer explain chronic pain and the brain before coming to the conclusion that he was mad and switching off the radio.

I was angry that this professional was saying that my brain was really good at learning bad things and that my brain did that in the same way – and as well as it could learn good things.

As we now know, Lorimer was right and I’m still angry… but angry at my brain! Continue reading “Pain Train: An Ambassador for the Pain Revolution 2018”

Pain Train – think of it as a patient CV

Pain Train – think of it as a patient CV

Judging by my own measures (hope you don’t mind me taking a stab here), whether you’re a professional or a patient you wouldn’t be thinking that it’s up to you to invite this new Pain Train language into your relationship. 

Would I be right?

You all know my Pain Train scenario – I instigated the use of it in my own pain management and Dr Christelis agrees that it was my job to do that. 

I’ll be honest, I don’t really mind which way Pain Train found its way into my pain management because the point of pain management is to try everything until you find something that works. 

Pain management, in my experience (and referring to a few of my own measures again) works when a professional and a patient are both active in the search and trial of options. From there, the patient explores some of the options (if not all!) that they feel might be of benefit to them.

Having used Pain Train for a while now and following all the online health record information, I’ve realised Pain Train is actually not a health record resource at all. It’s really a kind of Curriculum Vitae (CV), something a little more personal – thus the new tag line: Continue reading “Pain Train – think of it as a patient CV”

Chugging Around the Globe

I’ve met some exceptional people online who have helped educate me about chronic pain and helped with my pain management.

I don’t hesitate to write and connect with people but only if I have a question that I haven’t been able to find the answer for. I am conscious of their time.

I also make contact if I think that I may have some information that could help others with chronic pain and I can’t manage the communication from my patient voice – I reach out to the pros.

Lissanthea Taylor recently wrote a 4 part blog, Calls to Collaborative Care that was published on bodyinmind.org – it was written in my patient language.

Soon after, I saw Lissanthea comment on My Cuppa Jo’s (Joletta Belton)’s FB page (another dear exceptional person whom I met online). Continue reading “Chugging Around the Globe”

How Our Founder Used PT at her Recent Appointment

(By Soula on pudendalnerve.com.au, My Recent Follow up Appointment)

I’ve had loads of information to process after my recent appointment with pain specialist, Dr Nick Christelis.

To prevent you all from zoning out (and my backside from having a fit), how about I spread my pain management report out a little?

If you’re in a kind of ‘I can’t be bothered, I’m over it’ and ‘don’t want to hear any recommendations or my brain will burst’ state then here’s a special post for you – Diagnosis: A Can of Worms.

And if you didn’t read how I prepared for my appointment please do so here because I’m about to reflect on it: Upcoming Appointment with my Pain Specialist

I’ll also be back to report on how I am going a few months down the track – sooner if something miraculous happens. Continue reading “How Our Founder Used PT at her Recent Appointment”

Takes more than an app to explain pain

Body in Mind posted this excellent research from Marina Pinheiro and Gustavo Machado about the abundant health apps out there; What App is Good for My Back?

Pulse+IT also recently posted their story, There’s a bad app for That.

There are various purposes health apps are made. From where I’m standing, my app was never a promise to solve a health problem – that’s impossible.

I’ve been asked many times why Pain Train isn’t available as an app. Pain Train currently is fully functional as a website on any desktop or hand-held device.

The two main agendas of Pain Train, are: Continue reading “Takes more than an app to explain pain”

Tame the Beast

We couldn’t resist sharing this humorous but realistic animation about chronic pain.

Professor Lorimer Moseley has played a key role in our founder’s pain management. But what we love most about this animation, is the simple way in which it communicates the monstrous chronic pain experience – we agree, it is a beast! Continue reading “Tame the Beast”