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Fighting pain medication dependency

posted Aug 13, 2012, 1:26 PM by dm gillis

Kelli* was 25 when she was diagnosed with sudden, severe sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that leads to chronic inflammation in the body's organs, which causes the growth of benign lumps known as granulomas.She was prescribed a cocktail of drugs to treat the condition and manage the pain. Within 10 months the sarcoidosis was under control, but her pain lingered. In fact, it got so bad she rarely left the house, was suicidal and became dependent on prescription painkillers.Read more