This is why:
About three years ago I sustained an injury to my right shoulder during a pretty hectic dinner service. The place was pact and I was short staffed. Well a classic kitchen's scenario. From this injury I developed a condition called chronic neuropathic pain also known as chronic pain syndrome. The result of this condition leaves me with sharp, burning, stabbing pain sensations in my chest, shoulder, neck, arm and hand. I also have coordination and strength problems with my right hand as well as hyperalgaesia and numness in my arm and hand.
Not mentioning that it was the end of my career!
This is a condition that a lot of people do not know much about. But touch from 1.5 to 7% of the population. It is believed that:
- 4.5 million people (1.5 percent) in the U.S
- 3 million people (7.5 percent) in the United Kingdom
- 2.5 million people (6.4 percent) in France
- 3.5 million people (6.0 percent) in Germany
- 2.1 million people (7.7 percent) in Spain
- 120 000 people in Ireland.
If you wish to find out more about the condition I invite you to visit these few sites:
The following movie is based on my story. It was directed by a young Irish and very talented director: Darren Thornton and produced by Antidote.
I hope that it will make you more aware about this condition. Enjoy the "movie".
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