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Dear Dr. Karpel: I actually printed out your recent column on pain.  Both of my parents suffer from chronic pain.  My dad recently developed severe idiopathic neuropathy (meaning “without a known cause”).  He is completely depressed as he always viewed himself as an able-bodied virile strong man.  However, he would deny his emotional sym

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Dear Dr. Karpel: I’ve had pain in my knees for 5 months.  The doctor can’t find the reason.  I’m taking pain medication, but he won’t raise the dose any higher.  I don’t want a higher dose, anyway, because I don’t like the medication.  It makes me dopey, and I try not to take it, if I can. But because of this never-ending pain, I d

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Dear Dr. Karpel: Last year my husband and I moved to a beautiful retirement paradise in Mexico.  We’re from a big city in the northern U.S.  I don’t miss the cold weather, the crowds, or the traffic.  Throughout my life, I’ve had bouts of depression and the cold, cloudy winters up north didn’t help.  We moved here right before Thanksgi

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Dear Dr. Karpel: I’m 60.  I recently took early retirement and have saved up enough money to have a very comfortable long retirement.  I’ve always lived a “careful” life (that’s how I now have all of this money).  Deep down, I’ve always dreamed of moving to Colorado and biking or hiking every day.  I have a friend there and have so

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Dear Dr. Karpel: I wanted to update you about a situation that I wrote to you about last year.  At that time the chiropractor that I went to in my winter home told me that I was a hopeless case and sent me on my way, telling me I should see an acupuncturist instead.  I’m about to turn 79 and I do have some problems with my back, such as arth

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Dear Dr. Karpel: I feel awful.  I have been going to a chiropractor regularly in my hometown for a long time.   She’s been great.  I have a lot of aches and pains, in my shoulder, my neck, my back, my side….  You know, the usual for a 78 year old woman with a little bit of arthritis and a touch of osteoporosis.  Whatever gentle adjustm

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