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One year after initial treatment the aftermath of the damage became more apparent, with Ms Bannenberg transitioning from acute to chronic pain.
The conversation shifted from finding a cure to ongoing management.
“I had real physical damage that we could see on MRIs, on X-rays,” she told Dominic Knight on 702 ABC Sydney.
But it was the residual pain from the injury that began to take over, becoming an unwelcome fixture in her early teenage years and still remains with her today.
“That was a shock for me because I didn’t expect it to be something that was going to last for a long time,” she said.
“Particularly after it had been going on for a few years, it really wears you down.
“Anyone who has chronic pain will understand; it interrupts your sleeping patterns, it really brings down your mood.”
Now 25, Ms Bannenberg continues to experience chronic pain and has tried a combination of treatments to try and heal her body.
“A lot of the people around me have been very understanding but it has been difficult because a lot of chronic pain is invisible,” she said.
“You don’t want people to feel sorry for you.