Troubador Fighting Back

Released: 02/01/2014

ISBN: 9781783062225

Format: Paperback

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Fighting Back

One woman's search for answers to chronic pain


One summer evening in 2005, Elizabeth Reilly climbed over a stile which collapsed under her, leaving her doing the splits across a fence. This unusual event resulted in an injury that caused chronic pain in her groin, pelvis and back that treatment after treatment failed to fix. An X-ray and an MRI?showed nothing, yet the pain continued. Determined to get back to a full and active life and the walking she loved, Elizabeth left no stone unturned in her quest for a solution; during which she endured being stood on and pushed into impossible seeming postures.

In this engaging and human story, Elizabeth examines the little known treatments of Rolfing, myofascial release, prolotherapy and InterX therapy, which she sampled alongside the more conventional treatments of physiotherapy and chiropractic.

Read on to discover the ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs in this humorously told story of a woman determined to overcome chronic pain.

"Fighting Back" was published on 2/1/14. On Jan 9th I was interviewed about it on Radio Gloucestershire. On Jan 18th I did a book signing at Cortyard Books, Bishops Cleeve. On Jan 22nd there was a full page spread about me and the book in the Gloucestershire Echo.

My chiropractor has praised the book and posted a review on her Facebook page
"What a suprise we had when we received a copy of this new book, signed by its author Elizabeth Reilly, and discovered ourselves listed in the acknowledgements. The book describes her experience of chronic pain following an accident and also her experience of being a patient during the many medical processes that she followed, including at our practice. This book will be of interest to anyone suffering a chronic pain condition. It is also valuable for clinicians to read as Liz explains so clearly the physical, psychological, and emotional facets of having pain and of being a patient. While the biopsychosocial model of pain has been well-researched and is well recognised in the scientific literature, it is sometimes hard for clinicians to really grasp what the lived experience of that is".

My latest review was in June 2014 in "Pain Matters".

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Elizabeth Reilly

Elizabeth Reilly was born in Berkshire. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music she worked briefly as a secretary at the BBC before embarking on a career of teaching music and piano in Hertfordshire, London and Surrey. In 2004, nearing retirement, she moved to Gloucestershire with her second husband. Eight months later she sustained an unusual injury whilst climbing over a stile which collapsed under her. This resulted in chronic pain in her groin, pelvis and back, as treatment after treatment failed to fix the problem permanently. How would she get the answers to her problems? How would she cure herself enough to get back to the walking she’d loved and lost? Read about her forays into the world of alternative medicine alongside more conventional therapies such as physiotherapy and chiropractic. Laugh out loud as she endured being stood on and pushed into impossible postures. Read on to discover the final outcome after the ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs of this engaging and very human story.

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