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25 Jul 2019

​Playing above the pain

Naomi’s a keen PS4 gamer who loves open world games like Assassins Creed and Uncharted, but pain is increasingly limiting her gaming. She has Fabry disease, a rare progressive condition that causes pain throughout her body and gives her significant joint problems. Using a standard controller just wasn’t an option any more, so we visited her to see if we could help.

“The games she likes are quite complex and need two joysticks,” said Jacob. “So we set her up with a chin joystick for the left stick. She could still use her right hand for the other side of the controller.”

“To help with the pain, we used a low force controller that only needs gentle pushes for the buttons and sticks. We velcroed two small switches onto the controller that acted as L1 and L2, and added two larger buttons on a velcro tray to act as L3 and R3.”

It’s a setup that gives her access to all the buttons she needs to carry on playing, and we’re so glad she can game at her best for longer now!

Below: Naomi's back in the game

Naomi playing games with her setup. Inset shows close-up of chin joystick and controller switches

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