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Louise Trewern

Patient Advocate with Special Interest in Pain and Opioids

Live Well with Pain

I live with the pain of Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. For over 13 years I was on prescription opioids, which caused my health to deteriorate severely. My pain had increased so much that I was almost immobile, living between the bed and the armchair. However, through a wonderful Clinical Nurse Specialist at my local Pain Rehabilitation Service, I went into hospital to come off the opioids rapidly. This was in 2017 and heralded the beginning of my recovery.

I now manage my pain by walking and swimming daily. I still live with pain, but I manage it much better by being as active as I possibly can. 

It’s now my personal mission to try to help as many people as possible: both people living with pain and healthcare professionals.

I am Vice-Chair of British Pain Society’s Patient Voice Committee, Chair of Get Involved Committee at Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Pain Rehabilitation Service, lay member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association Executive Committee and sit on the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Gabapentinoids, Antidepressants & Z-Drugs Committee, I am a team member of Live Well With Pain & Team Leader of Footsteps Festival for people who live with pain to name just some of my national commitments.

Sessions

Exploring Managing Pain ….. the “Festival” Way and More

Presented by Chris Penlington, Mark Agathangelou, Frances Cole, MB.BS, MRCGP, Postgraduate Diploma CBT Newcastle, Louise Trewern, Niki Jones, Rosie Cruickshank at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Live Well with Pain livewellwithpain.co.uk and www.my.livewellwithpain.co.uk  colleagues share about how they tackle the challenge of clinician and patient lack of confidence to self-manage pain and so opt for medicines only approach. The session will explain what we have created, collaboratively with focus on “Ten Footsteps” programmes for clinician, patient and carer. We will share…