Chronic pain is defined as continuous and long-term pain lasting for more than 12 weeks.1 There are 100 million people living with chronic pain in Europe.2 Here’s the story of one of them: Adam Matulewicz from Dublin, Ireland.
Adam worked as a security officer at a large data center in Dublin, a job that required 25-35 kilometres of walking each day. One day he experienced such extreme leg pain that he was taken to the hospital. Doctors identified damage to the fascia that put pressure on the main nerve in his leg, and was diagnosed with chronic pain. “It was like getting stabbed in the leg,” Adam remembers. Chronic pain can have a significant impact on people’s quality of life3. Without relief, chronic pain can disrupt daily routines, with everyday tasks such as cooking, shopping and housework becoming difficult to undertake. Chronic pain can also cause tiredness, depression and anxiety4.
Adam experienced all of that in the time after the incident, during which he underwent surgery, lived on crutches for four years and took up to 26 pills per day to cope with his pain. He could barely leave the bed, nor could he play with his young son. It reached the point that he even considered having his legs amputated. In 2019 Adam decided to get a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) and immediately felt the effect: “During the surgery, the doctors woke me up and I remember the moment to this day – in the moment when the doctor pressed the button to switch on the stimulator, I felt instant relief. That was one of the best days of my life.”
A new life – and a life saved
“I was finally able to go on small walks again, able to go outside with my wife, able to play with my son,” Adam remembers. “That made a huge difference – not only for me, but for the whole family.” But more was to come. During the summertime, the family was relaxing near the water, when Adam spotted a lifeless body floating on the surface. Adam grabbed a floating mattress and swam to the person. It was a young girl, who was already unconscious. He brought her to the shore and started CPR until the ambulance arrived. In the morning Adam decided to call the children’s hospital and learned that the girl was well and was recovering. Adam is sure: “Without my stimulator, I would not have been able to do it. The device transformed my life – and helped me to save another.”
Remembering his own journey, Adam is sure: “I know what chronic pain feels like. It can be daunting, it can be dark at times. But my message is: never give up. Talk to doctors, pain specialists, look for new solutions. We only have one life – and it is worth fighting for.”
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1 Mills S, Torrance N, Smith BH. Identification and Management of Chronic Pain in Primary Care: a Review. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2016;18:22. doi:10.1007/s11920-015-0659-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4731442/
2 Policy Connect. About Chronic Pain. https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/cppc/about-chronic-pain Accessed March 2012
3 NHS Choices. https://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/06June/Pages/Almost-half-of-all-UK-adults-may-be-living-withchronic-pain.aspx. Last accessed: March 2017
4 Galluzi. Management of neuropathic pain. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2005;sup 4 (105):S12-S19