The Fifth Vital Sign : Invisibilia Can you cure pain with more pain?

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The Fifth Vital Sign

Can you cure pain with more pain?

A high school girl wakes up one day with a pain in her hip. Days pass and the pain gets worse and doctors don't know what to do. Formerly a dancer, she can now barely get out of bed. What could be wrong? It turns out she has a disease afflicting thousands of teenage girls all over the country. In this episode we look at what's known as "amplified pain syndrome." But the episode is much more than a medical mystery. We look at how our culture's massive effort to address pain has paradoxically increased it. And we follow one young girl as she struggles through a bizarre and extreme treatment program.

Read this story on our Health blog, Shots.

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The Fifth Vital Sign

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