53 | P a g e 1. BUNZLI 2013: The Social Construction of chronic low back pain - Participants in the studies held biomedical beliefs about their back pain. If my doctor does not give me a medical diagnosis, no one will believe or support me. I won’t be eligible for social welfare. If I don’t have a diagnosis, how can I get better? I am really annoyed with my doctor because he is not telling me what is wrong with me. I need to find someone who will give me a diagnosis so that I know what to do. I am disenchanted with the medical system but I live in hope of a diagnosis and cure in the future. CHRONIC PAIN 2. BUNZLI 2013 : Psychosocial Impact of the Unpredictable, Omnipresent Nature of Pain - The nature of pain. The pain is there day and night and disrupts everything that I do. It is unpredictable and I am always uncertain about what I can and can't do. I am dependent on my family and feel hopeless because I can do nothing in return. I am no longer able to have an intimate relationship with my partner. My role in the family and at work has changed and this can make me angry and short-tempered. CHRONIC PAIN BUNZLI 2013 : Psychosocial Impact of the Unpredictable, Omnipresent Nature of Pain - the changing of self I have lost my battle with pain to keep hold on to my personal sense of self. I am no longer what I used to be. I am no longer what I want to be. People no longer see the real me. I am ashamed of what I have become. I feel a strong sense of loss and distress. This battle to keep hold of the sense of who I am is worse than the pain. CHRONIC PAIN 3. BUNZLI 2013: The Social Construction of chronic low back pain - Stigmatization I feel stigmatised because of my pain. The media paint a negative picture and people think that we are frauds and a burden on social welfare. Health professionals think that we are difficult or demanding or that we are just trying to get pain drugs. Employers think that we are lazy and unreliable and don’t want to give us a job. This feeling that we are bad or mad threatens my sense of self. CHRONIC PAIN
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