Beki Coxon lay alone in her bedroom with the curtains drawn and TV off. Total silence was the only way she could cope the pain throbbing across her entire body.
It’s a picture recognised by so many suffering from chronic illness. For Beki, who has fibromyalgia, it's one that led her to a very dark place.
“I was sat at the bottom of a very black hole,” the 53-year-old said. “At my worst, I couldn’t walk without crutches. I would spend four days a week in bed.