Chronic pain – How it can affect and change relationships

This is a short clip from a longer conversation with Louise and Karen Trewern. In this section they speak candidly about the difficulties they experienced in their relationship due to Louise’s illness.

Background: Louise had been incapacitated with chronic pain and was on high-dose opioids, and her wife Karen had become her carer.

This clip starts with us discussing how pain nurse Dee helped Louise to start her journey of recovery, and how Karen’s support was so central to this process. Karen talks about the challenges she experienced not only as Louise’s carer, but to an even greater extent after Louise’s health improved and their relationship suddenly changed.

Louise is a patient pain self-management expert and member of our team