For my final audio project on my BA Radio Production degree, we were tasked with creating a 15-minute audio piece. I used my personal experience as a chronic pain sufferer who’d overcome an opioid dependency and now managed my pain with mindfulness, to create this mini-documentary on how pain affects our bodies.
Have you ever considered that the pain you get when you stub your toe, is actually doing you a favour? Pain is actually there to protect you. But what happens when it goes wrong? Jamie Wareham’s gut twisted four years ago, and he now suffers daily persistent pain. Last year he stopped using painkillers to manage his pain and instead relies on mindfulness. Here he reflects on his journey to discover why we need pain and what happens when the pain system goes wrong.