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When You Experience ‘Pain-Shaming’

I want to talk about an experience I call “pain-shaming.” I cried after calling the doctor’s office the other day. Afterward, in a wave of fury, I called my mother. She answered FaceTime with her usual big smile, and I could barely talk. She knew something was wrong....

Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

After having breast cancer surgery, some women have problems with nerve (neuropathic) pain in the chest wall, armpit, and/or arm that doesn’t go away over time. This is called post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) because it was first described in women who had...