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People Said The Pain Was All In My Head

Monday 4 November 2019


From Kenyan news outlet Standard Digital:


Gladys Maina
Gladys Maina at her house in Donholm Estate, Nairobi.
She is suffering from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
(Boniface Okendo/Standard)

People said the pain was all in my head

By Agnes Aineah
3 November 2019
©Copyright 2019 - Standard Group PLC.

Gladys Maina’s life changed when she delivered her first baby. She developed pains that she nursed for 19 years before she could finally be diagnosed and put on the right treatment. 

My tribulations started in early 2000 just after I delivered my first daughter through C Section at Kenyatta National Hospital. I was in a lot of pain even as nurses wheeled me out of the operation room. My body was very stiff. I begged to be given painkillers but the nurses declined, saying that they had already given me strong painkillers. I could barely hold my daughter.

My condition didn’t improve even after I was discharged from hospital four days later. I could barely move my legs. I couldn’t sit or rise from the chair and had to get help to change my sleeping position in bed. In fact, I jokingly remind my husband how he bought long straws for me to use for sipping tea since I couldn’t lift a cup. All the while, we blamed my condition on the wound from surgery which had taken long to heal. I kept visiting KNH to have the wound examined. Doctors also tried to get to the bottom of my pain and numbness, severe headaches and the tingling and stinging sensations that started in my right leg and spread to the rest of my right side. I also battled severe cramps and I hadn’t stopped bleeding from the time I left the hospital.

Eight months later, the gynaecologist told me that he didn’t understand my condition. He referred me to a nerve specialist instead who treated me for three months until I stopped treatment when I couldn’t afford the Sh12,000 that was required for my brain scan. I went to the hospital a few days later when I started having chest pains.

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