WHOQOL-BREF items, pain management, and pain narratives.
| ||QoL self-rating||Feeling activity limitation due to pain||Satisfaction in everyday activities||Pain management||Pain-related quotations from in-depth interviews|
|Clara||Neither…1||Very much||Neither…2||Paracetamol||My scar hurts … I have also shooting pains in the arm, I can’t lift it.|
|Ella||Good||A little||Neither…2||Diclofenac||I’m dripping with sweat … I’ve lost my appetite … and the pain starts every morning at 7 A.M.|
|Nancy||Very poor||A little||Neither…2||None||My scar hurts all the time, especially when the weather is hot … The scar was done too tight and it hurts a lot because I put on weight due to my pills.|
|Eva||Poor||Not at all||Satisfied||Diclofenac, paracetamol||I have a hematoma since breast reconstruction … it has been hurting for six months now … I’m tired as soon as I wake up and I feel aching in my entire body, especially the bones.|
|Linda||Good||Not at all||Neither…2||Trinitrin||My breastbone hurts a lot … sometimes my chest feels like it has a huge weight on it and I suffocate … I can’t sleep.|
|Emmy||Very good||A little||Satisfied||None||I’m always out of breath because of the chemotherapy, it’s weakened my heart … I’m 31 and I can’t ride a scooter, I can’t raise my arms … I can’t lift a pack of milk, it’s too painful.|
|Stella||Good||Moderate||Satisfied||None||My arm has been hurting since the surgery … especially in the morning … and sometimes my breast also hurts.|
|Cindy||Poor||Moderate||Satisfied||None||Before my cancer I used to blow dry 20 clients’ hair every day, but now after 4 or 5 I must stop because my arm hurts too much … today I can’t even hold my handbag … sometimes I’ve got shooting pains in my breast, like a stab from a knife.|
|Rachel||Neither…1||Very much||Not satisfied at all||Paracetamol||I can’t go upstairs, my ankles swell … If I lift something my arm starts hurting and swelling the day after.|
|Silvia||Good||Moderate||Satisfied||None||Because of the pills I take I have muscular pain, like cramps, especially in the back and the arm.|
|1: Neither poor nor good.|
2: Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.