DocTalk: Fight the invisible pain

Chronic pain can and should be managed, so that patients can have a better quality of life

Dr Tan Kian Hian

Ms Ma, who is in her early 30s, has a rare inflammatory condition of the blood vessels in her hands and feet. It has led to her having inadequate blood circulation, recurrent infections and ulcerations.

She has lost some fingers and toes due to gangrene and may eventually lose her hands and feet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'Fight the invisible pain'. Print Edition | Subscribe