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Triple J Hack story on living with chronic pain
Saturday 20 August 2011
Think of the worst physical pain you've ever experienced.
Multiply it by a hundred and imagine it lasting for more than an hour.
That's how 21-year-old Guy from Darwin describes his condition known as cluster headaches, which is a type of chronic pain.
Fifteen per cent of Aussies aged between 18 and 29 are affected by chronic pain, that's pain that lasts for more than three months in a six-month period.
Chronic pain sufferers in general are four times more likely to be at risk of depression than other Australians and twice as likely to be at risk of suicide.
Guy wrote into the HACK website to tell us about the impact his condition has on his life.
He says it's not nicknamed suicide headaches for nothing.
If you feel like you need support, call the Australian Pain Management Helpline on 1300 340 357.
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The above originally appeared here.
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