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Blackburn Mum's Despair Over Cuts To Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment
Sunday 8 December 2019
From UK newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph:
Blackburn mum's despair over cuts to fibromyalgia pain treatment
A CARE worker with a chronic illness is calling for the government to bring back treatment that helps lessen the pain.
Nadia Ahmed, 35, from Blackburn, is angry she cannot receive any more treatment for Fibromyalgia pain.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing pain all over the body, affecting sleep, depression, anxiety, and can cause short term memory loss and fatigue.
In June, Mrs Ahmed had NHS treatment at the Beardwood BMI health centre. She had an IV lidocaine infusion released into the blood to block nerve signals.
Mrs Ahmed, who has a 13-year-old son, said: “The surgeon said that due to government cutbacks, we are having to stop all treatment.
“I want justice for me and others who suffer from chronic illnesses. I want to get this petition to the government to ask them to bring back this treatment."
One treatment can cost anything between £1,000 to £3,000 and two a year are needed.
But Mrs Ahmed, senior care assistant at a residential home, said: “I can’t afford it, as a single mum. I feel like I have my life back with the treatment I had last week. I was on so many painkillers, and I have reduced that now. I feel happier and more like the old me again, but I know it won’t last.”
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