"I was in constant pain but opioids made it bearable"
Chronic pain can make life a difficult and isolating experience, but with the right medication and support the condition can be managed.
At 12 years old, Emma Scott-Smith picked up a chest infection that her GP prescribed antibiotics to treat. Less than 24 hours later though, far from feeling better, Emma was screaming in agony.
“I had a bad reaction to the medication,” says Emma. “The pain in my spine was excruciating.”
The incident marked the beginning of a journey that, 25 years later, Emm