Chronic Pain — 19 May 2013

bigstock-American-Drugs-4379874By Ed Coghlan

“You can’t let the pain win!”

That’s what a young woman in her late 20’s battling pain from a number of auto- immune diseases told a community forum in Pasadena, California.

Arlene Grau, who has rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia and lupus, was part of a panel sponsored by KPCC Southern California Public Radio for a forum on pain called “Invisible Suffering”.

(You can hear the audio replay of the forum here)

Grau, who is a mother of two young girls, was very candid why she was willing to share her story.

“Pain patients need to hear that we can’t let the illnesses change who we are,” said Grau, who estimates she’s been hospitalized ten times in the last year.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Ed Coghlan

Ed is a former television news director at KCOP in Los Angeles and the Montana Television Network. He writes on health, economic and public affairs issues.

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