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    Bernadette Ryan

    I can totally sympathize with your situation. I have been on a nightmare pain journey for six years. My is further complicated with the added stigma of “work-cover”! After a total right hip replacement in 2009 I complained to the surgeon Craig Waller, at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney that my pain had not eased. He suggested at the 6 week post appointment: “You have a new hip. There is nothing wrong with it. If you have any further issues contact your GP.” He had no further contact with me apart from a letter to the insurer suggesting I needed Pain Management for my chronic regional pain syndrome. My most recent appointments took me to Melbourne. I was consulting with Dr Bruce Mitchell at the Metro Spine Clinic. Bruce wanted to give me a sacral nerve stimulation trial. I last saw Bruce in February 2012. The insurer has to date not replied to Dr Mitchell’s request. I have been without a physiotherapist, psychologist or specialist since then. It is now May 31st 2013, 15 months later and still nothing! I will be following up on the team at The Prince of Wales to see if I might be able to access some support from them. I trust you are well and hope you are back doing the things you most love. I too was extremely active prior to my injury. I was a classroom teacher of 26 years. My whole life has altered.

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