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Lorraine's Story

Lorraine, 76 "I'd had six major back operations - pieces of bone taken from my hip, braced to my spine, titanium screws put in, taken out. 


"I was in such unbearable agony, I lay in bed crying all the time, taking pills, pills, pills. I contemplated suicide, bought the book Final Exit (about assisted suicide for the dying), and had the pills saved up. 


"My friends gradually retreated - because they don't know what to do with you and no-one wants to watch someone in extreme pain. My poor husband has a heart of gold and put up with it. 


"In 1997, I was about to have another back operation, but at the last moment they sent me to the Royal North Shore Hospital pain clinic, where Professor Cousins did tests and said I was suitable for a spinal pump implant. 


"It saved my life. I could get out of bed, dress myself, walk, play bridge again. Before I had agony, now I have pain. But compared to agony, pain is nothing." 



Amanda Galvin

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Royal North Shore Hospital, Douglas Building

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500   |   F: +61 (0)2 9463 1050



Shaan & Geoffrey Verco, Pain Foundation Ltd

c/- PMRC, Douglas Building

Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards NSW 2065

T: +61 (0)2 8387 3483   




Pain Clinical Service Centre

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

St Leonards  NSW  2065

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500


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