User Stories: Chronic Back Pain

“I am a 21 year old barista by day, and aspiring screenwriter by night. I had an equestrian accident two years ago and have been dealing with chronic back pain on and off ever since. I have been lucky enough to be introduced to various holistic and herbal therapies (acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy) which have all helped me temporarily, but the pain always comes back in full force!


It is hard for me to be in one position for long periods of time without being in pain. I have missed shifts at the coffee house because of this, and cannot sit and write for very long. I do a lot of online research looking for things that might help me. I want to avoid taking drugs or having surgery, but if my pain persists, I may have no choice. I am very stressed about this because I am only 21 and have a full life ahead of me. I do not want to deal with this for the rest of my life and have it limit my abilities anymore.”

Stephanie Oey