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Getting back to ‘normal’ with chronic pain

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It wasn’t the Christmas Eve that the Walfield family had hoped for: Their daughter Lilly, then 12, fell down the stairs and sprained her ankle, necessitating a boot and crutches. But the accident was just the beginning of a long journey to find relief: Over time, the pain that Lilly felt seemed to get worse.

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Getting her life back: Amelia overcomes chronic pain

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The pain seemed to come from nowhere. Although fifth-grader Amelia Watt had sprained her ankle playing soccer a few weeks earlier, the injury had seemed inconsequential. Yet now, she couldn’t put any weight on her foot without crying. Soon, the burning pain crept up her leg and her foot began to turn purple. Even taking a shower had become excruciating. At age 11, this vibrant, active girl was relegated to crutches, afraid to walk.

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