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Name Your Pain

How to understand the clues to what’s really hurting you.

Authored by Julia Thie

“It feels like a rock in my shoulder”, Marie says after I ask her to describe her pain to me. My next question is, “Where is it, exactly?” She puts her hand over the muscles on top of her shoulder blade. OK, it’s getting clearer. Onto my next question. “When is it?” When it started and when it shows up. …