We learned that one in five Britons suffers chronic pain (a figure probably skewed by full-time TV reviewers). One suggestion was that premature babies in neo-natal units endure so many pain-related procedures during intensive care that the development of pain’s neural pathways is altered. Among chronic sufferers was 16-year-old Rachel, who was born prematurely and, following an accident aged 12, now feels pain that shifts from head, to feet, to arms to legs without respite. “You just want to take the pain yourself,” said her mum. The poor love: of course she does.
Author: Stuart Jeffries