Living with pain

DATE: Sunday 9th January 2022

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Living with pain can be challenging and finally having access to effective pain management – as in Andrew’s case – can give you a whole new outlook on life.

“I am writing to you to tell you how much you have helped me in the easing of pain in my life.”

Ongoing pain can affect every aspect of your life, taking a toll not only physically but also mentally. Andrew, who is in his 70s, has lived with the pain of ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory arthritis affecting the spine and large joints. The condition is more common among men and usually begins in early adulthood. Symptoms typically appear in early adulthood and include reduced flexibility in the spine. This reduced flexibility eventually results in a hunched-forward posture. Pain in the back and joints is also common. Treatment includes medication, physiotherapy and in rare cases, surgery.

2 people in wheelchairs on a beach

Andrew has lived with this condition for most of his life. Over the years, the pain had progressed to the point where his ability to move and get around was severely restricted and was beginning to affect his mental health. With the help and support from the doctor and staff at his Pain Clinic, Andrew was provided with a Medlab drug under investigation evaluating the effectiveness controlling pain. After a few months Andrew found himself able to move more freely and walk farther, not needing to use his mobility scooter as he had previously while shopping or just generally ‘walking’ around. His whole attitude to life had changed. In Andrew’s words:

“…my life has changed dramatically so much so that I can now live a life of next to normal. I now get out of bed and start planning my day and fulfil most of the things planned.” Andrew’s positive outcome has inspired our clinical trials team to expand the research in chronic pain.


All patient stories are based on real-life experiences as told to us, Andrew has given consent to share his story and is not affiliated with Medlab.

If you have ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory arthritis or chronic pain and you are concerned about managing your pain or other symptoms, talk with your doctor about the treatment options available to you.