Karen Smith’s Story

tell your story

Many people in pain want to share their story, and they ask me for help in doing so. Sometimes, I mention people who are in pain when I am speaking in public or talking with the media. Occasionally, someone tells me a story that is so poignant and eloquent that, with permission, I publish it.…

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This Film Is Far from a Joke

The Joker

This article, in a slightly edited form, first appeared on Pain News Network on February 8, 2020. Good films entertain. Great films inspire. Sometimes, they even galvanize people to create a social movement against injustice. I recently saw one of those rare movies that fall into the category of movies that can inspire: Joker. The…

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A Veteran’s Story in His Own Words


Policymakers have changed the way patients who have chronic pain are treated. The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain has had a domino effect on policies throughout the country. Unfortunately, veterans have been particularly affected. I have heard of many vets being told they no longer would be prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines.…

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