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How People With Chronic Pain Feel About the Opioid Crisis

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It’s becoming harder to get the treatment you need


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Who can treat your pain?


Addiction text on scrap of paper.
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Misperceptions about pain treatment and addiction


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Jumping through hoops at the doctor’s office


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The stigma of pain


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People in pain are being silenced


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Fear for the future


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Pain treatment is a basic human right


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The need to advocate


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What you can do


Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW

@TheSeatedView

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.