Newly Published
Mind to Mind  |   January 2019
The Experience of a Pain Patient
Author Notes
  • From the Duke University Medical Center Greenspace, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. zachary.smothers@duke.edu
  • Accepted for publication November 27, 2018.
    Accepted for publication November 27, 2018.×
Article Information
Mind to Mind
Mind to Mind   |   January 2019
The Experience of a Pain Patient
Anesthesiology Newly Published on January 3, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002590
Anesthesiology Newly Published on January 3, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002590
When I was 17 years old, I thought my life was going perfectly. My days mostly consisted of going to school, playing sports, and trying to stay out of trouble (which was harder than it sounds). I was living in a small farm town in the middle of nowhere Ohio and couldn’t wait to get out. Honestly, I was a bit cocky; I was a good athlete, for which I received an acceptance to the Air Force Academy, my ticket out of the rural life. I would spend four years in school, and the rest of my life serving my country, not a bad living. This was the grand plan; well, until I herniated a disc in my back and found out how horrible a medical condition could be.