Gill Keighley was walking to the shops when a passer-by came up to her. ‘Are you all right?’ he asked.
Gill reassured him that she was fine but he looked doubtful.
‘Are you sure? You look in so much pain, I thought you’d been mugged.’
It was a defining moment for Gill, a 37-year-old social worker.
For two years, her body had been racked with pain caused by two badly deteriorated discs in her lower spine that were pressing on surrounding nerves.