95 | P a g e 85. FU 2016 [165]: Roles of health professionals My health professional's should help me find a way to cope with my pain and provide emotional support. Being friendly, empathic and sensitive to my needs is important. I value a good professional manner. Listening to my concerns and understanding my situation, giving information and seeking solutions for me are all important. At times my HCP does not act like this and I am sad that I am being treated as a number but not an individual person. CHRONIC PAIN 86. TOYE (2016) [157]: balancing life and work in the face of unpredictable symptoms The unpredictability, relentlessness and fear that pain will progress make me feel that I cannot continue at work. The struggle to be seen as a good worker and to maintain my commitments is taking its toll. I am struggling to balance work commitments with other essential roles, leisure and social activities. I am going to have to leave work because I can’t find this balance. Some people have more flexible working arrangements. I can’t rely too much on my colleagues in this harsh financial climate. CHRONIC PAIN 87. TOYE (2016) [157] struggling to confirm my credibility as a good worker Work is a place, where I have felt respected and valued it makes me what I am. I struggle to maintain a positive image. I don’t want to be seen as a ‘‘bad worker’’. I struggle on and rely on my colleagues. I use annual leave rather than be off sick. I may be too risky to keep on. I am treated like a number and feel let down and betrayed by my employer. I no longer feel that I am integral to the work place. I may have to leave work if I don’t have flexible working arrangements. CHRONIC PAIN 88. TOYE (2016) my work colleagues don‘t believe that I am in pain Relationships with colleagues are becoming hostile. They don’t understand me and think that I am ‘‘work shy’’. There is a culture of scepticism and mistrust regarding chronic pain that is promoted by media stereotypes and benefits agencies. CHRONIC PAIN
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