71-year-old Gullan Holmgren from Piteå, in northern Sweden, is 'too old' for pain rehab, according to the pain rehabilitation unit at the local hospital that turned her away.
“I might be over 70, but that doesn't mean I am dead yet,” said an outraged Holmgren to The Local.
Holmgren, who has had chronic pain after an unsuccessful hip operation six years ago, sought help through her primary care provider, the local clinic in Piteå where she lives.....After trying all sorts of pain relief to no avail, her doctor referred her to the pain rehabilitation unit at Sunderby Hospital.
Holmgren then waited to be called for an appointment but instead received a letter from her doctor telling her she had been turned down for treatment at the rehabilitation unit. The reason – she was too old.
The rehabilitation unit at Sunderby Hospital is specialised to help chronic pain sufferers overcome their disabilities.....The staff work in specialised teams and the treatment is aimed at patients aged between 18 and 65 – people of a "professional" age.
“It makes me feel like if I am too old to work then I am not allowed help to cope with my pain,” Holmgren said.
Holmgren's daughter, 37-year-old Linda, broke her leg earlier in the year and has since experienced the same chronic pain as her mother.