Advocate for Pain Self-Management with an Interest in Opioid Tapering
Niki is an old friend of persistent pain – since a fall off a horse at 16 (now 50). However in 2002 Niki suddenly developed Trigeminal Neuralgia and over the next 16 year had multiple surgeries including a motor cortex stimulator and high doses of nearly every drug. She ended up on very high dose opioids.
In 2018 she was exposed to the newer science of pain and with the help of a self management app she reduced my pain dramatically over a few months and found she had a future again. Due to lack of support Niki then had serious issues with withdrawal from the opioids she was on, and other drugs and the next three years have been a strange combination of horrific and happy. Niki is passionate about encouraging supported self management of pain and safe opioid prescribing and tapering.
Niki still has horses and ride occasionally but my main joy these days is cycling – she recently joined the Flippin Pain Outreach Tour peloton and cycled 170 miles in 4.5 days –she could never have imagined doing that 4 years ago!
Niki is a founder member of the Footsteps Festival 2021 core Group and often host events and do a lot of the behind the scenes admin. Niki also works closely with Flippin Pain and Live Well With Pain and is increasingly involved with various research projects and grant applications. Niki has contributed various articles to pain Journals.