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Treating Chronic Pain
San Francisco Chronicle

Six years ago, pain grabbed hold of Nancy Miller and her life began spinning out of control. While working as a licensed practical nurse, a patient pulled violently on her arm. “I had a real burning sensation in the upper neck, down my arm and right side of my back,” she recalls. “I didn’t think much of it.

I went to the emergency room, and they said I had strained my shoulder.” She hasn’t been pain-free since, and doctors began prescribing potent medications for what they diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome, a rare condition causing pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers and a weak grip.