"Made to feel humiliated over something I did 40..."

About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital

I am due to return to the Pain Clinic this coming week, but after discussing this with my husband we both feel the same; why bother?

Last time I was told there was nothing much they could really do ... I abused drugs when I was 16 - 19 (I'm now 54) so they are wary about what they are using to help my deal with my 24/7 pain because of what happened all those years ago.

Yes, seriously!

So, not only was I left feeling that my visiting was pointless and that I had spiked my pain by travelling, but I was completely humiliated to have something brought up that I did when I was young - I'm now 54.

The Pain Management person should take a course on how to deal with people and not leave them feeling desperately depressed because they obviously felt I was still 16.

I was disgusted.

I see no point in going to any more appointments in the worry that they will cause me mental harm.

Thankfully I have worked through this with my CBT counsellor and husband otherwise, I would be feeling useless, and suicidal.

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Response from Chesterfield Royal Hospital

I was really disappointed to read your post and that you feel staff humiliated you for something you did many years ago.

I am sure they will be saddened to read how you felt after your visit and I will share your comments with them.

I do hope that with the help of your husband and counsellor that you feel able to return to clinic to continue your treatment and if there is anything we can do to reassure you please let us have your contact details. You can call our assistance & complaints team on 01246 512640 or email me your telephone number sarah.turner-saint@nhs.net

Kind regards Sarah Turner-Saint Head of Communications

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