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"From the Ted Talk by Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain"

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Now most of the time, you think of pain as a spytomm of a dseisae, and that's true most of the time. It's the symptom of a tumor or an ieicoftnn or an imltnoiaafmn or an operation. But about 10 percent of the time, after the patient has rercveeod from one of those eevnts, pain persists. It persists for months and oftentimes for years, and when that happens, it is its own disease. And before I tell you about how it is that we think that happens and what we can do about it, I want to show you how it feels for my patients. So imagine, if you will, that I'm stroking your arm with this feather, as I'm stroking my arm right now. Now, I want you to imignae that I'm stroking it with this. Please keep your seat. (Laughter) A very different feeling. Now what does it have to do with chronic pain? Imagine, if you will, these two ideas together. Imagine what your life would be like if I were to stroke it with this feeahtr, but your brain was telling you that this is what you are feeling — and that is the experience of my patients with chronic pain. In fact, imagine something even worse. Imagine I were to stroke your child's arm with this feather, and their brain [was] tinlelg them that they were feeling this hot torch.

Open Cloze

Now most of the time, you think of pain as a _______ of a _______, and that's true most of the time. It's the symptom of a tumor or an _________ or an ____________ or an operation. But about 10 percent of the time, after the patient has _________ from one of those ______, pain persists. It persists for months and oftentimes for years, and when that happens, it is its own disease. And before I tell you about how it is that we think that happens and what we can do about it, I want to show you how it feels for my patients. So imagine, if you will, that I'm stroking your arm with this feather, as I'm stroking my arm right now. Now, I want you to _______ that I'm stroking it with this. Please keep your seat. (Laughter) A very different feeling. Now what does it have to do with chronic pain? Imagine, if you will, these two ideas together. Imagine what your life would be like if I were to stroke it with this _______, but your brain was telling you that this is what you are feeling — and that is the experience of my patients with chronic pain. In fact, imagine something even worse. Imagine I were to stroke your child's arm with this feather, and their brain [was] _______ them that they were feeling this hot torch.

Solution

  1. disease
  2. events
  3. infection
  4. recovered
  5. inflammation
  6. telling
  7. symptom
  8. imagine
  9. feather

Original Text

Now most of the time, you think of pain as a symptom of a disease, and that's true most of the time. It's the symptom of a tumor or an infection or an inflammation or an operation. But about 10 percent of the time, after the patient has recovered from one of those events, pain persists. It persists for months and oftentimes for years, and when that happens, it is its own disease. And before I tell you about how it is that we think that happens and what we can do about it, I want to show you how it feels for my patients. So imagine, if you will, that I'm stroking your arm with this feather, as I'm stroking my arm right now. Now, I want you to imagine that I'm stroking it with this. Please keep your seat. (Laughter) A very different feeling. Now what does it have to do with chronic pain? Imagine, if you will, these two ideas together. Imagine what your life would be like if I were to stroke it with this feather, but your brain was telling you that this is what you are feeling — and that is the experience of my patients with chronic pain. In fact, imagine something even worse. Imagine I were to stroke your child's arm with this feather, and their brain [was] telling them that they were feeling this hot torch.

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collocation frequency
nervous system 7
glial cells 6
chronic pain 4
junction box 4
spinal cord 4
modifying drugs 3

Important Words

  1. arm
  2. brain
  3. chronic
  4. disease
  5. events
  6. experience
  7. fact
  8. feather
  9. feeling
  10. feels
  11. hot
  12. ideas
  13. imagine
  14. infection
  15. inflammation
  16. laughter
  17. life
  18. months
  19. oftentimes
  20. operation
  21. pain
  22. patient
  23. patients
  24. percent
  25. persists
  26. recovered
  27. seat
  28. show
  29. stroke
  30. stroking
  31. symptom
  32. telling
  33. time
  34. torch
  35. true
  36. tumor
  37. worse
  38. years