Keeping the Beast at Bay is one of three videos produced for Reeling in the Pain - a creative initiative to shed light on the untold story of people suffering with nerve (neuropathic) pain. It tells the true story of a Dublin woman who was badly burnt in a house fire and sustained full thickness third degree burns to 26% of her body. The following three years were either spent in hospital undergoing extensive skin grafting surgeries and fighting infections, or at home trying to deal with the trauma and come to terms with the injuries and horrific scars left on her body.
As a result of the burns and about 60 operations the muscles, tissue and nerves in her body had become badly damaged. Six years after the accident, she was diagnosed with Neuropathic Pain.
The campaign, organised by the Irish Chronic Pain Association (ICPA) and Pfizer Healthcare Ireland aims to raise public awareness of the condition through the medium of film.
Neuropathic pain leaves up to 120,000 Irish people with inexplicable burning, stabbing and shooting pains caused by unseen damage to the nervous system and because it has no obvious external scars, claims of pain are not always believed or fully appreciated.
Despite its profound impact on peoples lives, neuropathic pain is not commonly understood by the general community with one in four patients convinced their own family does not understand the extent of their suffering.
Reeling in the Pain aimed to help people realise that neuropathic pain is a genuine medical condition and that by visiting their doctor and linking with a patient support group, they can find relief from the pain and sense of isolation.
For more information visit http://www.mysterypain.ie