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The Brave Mum Who Lives With Chronic Pain And Is Told Her Illness Isn't Real
Sunday 16 February 2020
The brave mum who lives with chronic pain and is told her illness isn't real
Heather has suffered from the condition which causes intense chronic pain for the past 20 years and she is still being told that her illness is not real
"It's all in your head." That's what Heather Martin-Goff was told by her doctor when she said her whole body was in pain.
Despite suffering from intense chronic pain for nearly 20 years, Heather, 41, is still being told that her illness is not real.
"Every single doctor I have seen, apart from one, has told me that my condition is not real" she says. "They mention my weight or how much I exercise and they don't listen to me."
Heather suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition causing intense pain around the body, on differing scales from person to person.
For Heather, her fibromyalgia means she is in pain every day - with some days better than others.
Most mornings, Heather is woken up by pain, if she is able to sleep at all.
She says: "A bad day is me in bed, with lots of medications.
"Then that can last for weeks and weeks. You just feel so exhausted and the smallest movement can cause pain."
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