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

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That was the experience of my patient, Chandler, whom you see in the paophrtogh. As you can see, she's a beautiful, young woman. She was 16 years old last year when I met her, and she aspired to be a professional dancer. And during the course of one of her dance rehearsals, she fell on her outstretched arm and sprained her wrist. Now you would probably imagine, as she did, that a wrist sprain is a trivial event in a person's life. Wrap it in an ACE bgandae, take some ibuprofen for a week or two, and that's the end of the srtoy. But in Chandler's case, that was the bnignineg of the story. This is what her arm leokod like when she came to my clinic about three months after her sprain. You can see that the arm is discolored, purplish in cloor. It was cadaverically cold to the tucoh. The muscles were fozren, paralyzed — dystonic is how we reefr to that. The pain had spread from her wrist to her hands, to her fingertips, from her wrist up to her elbow, almost all the way to her shoulder.

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That was the experience of my patient, Chandler, whom you see in the __________. As you can see, she's a beautiful, young woman. She was 16 years old last year when I met her, and she aspired to be a professional dancer. And during the course of one of her dance rehearsals, she fell on her outstretched arm and sprained her wrist. Now you would probably imagine, as she did, that a wrist sprain is a trivial event in a person's life. Wrap it in an ACE _______, take some ibuprofen for a week or two, and that's the end of the _____. But in Chandler's case, that was the _________ of the story. This is what her arm ______ like when she came to my clinic about three months after her sprain. You can see that the arm is discolored, purplish in _____. It was cadaverically cold to the _____. The muscles were ______, paralyzed — dystonic is how we _____ to that. The pain had spread from her wrist to her hands, to her fingertips, from her wrist up to her elbow, almost all the way to her shoulder.

Solution

  1. beginning
  2. refer
  3. looked
  4. touch
  5. photograph
  6. bandage
  7. color
  8. story
  9. frozen

Original Text

That was the experience of my patient, Chandler, whom you see in the photograph. As you can see, she's a beautiful, young woman. She was 16 years old last year when I met her, and she aspired to be a professional dancer. And during the course of one of her dance rehearsals, she fell on her outstretched arm and sprained her wrist. Now you would probably imagine, as she did, that a wrist sprain is a trivial event in a person's life. Wrap it in an ACE bandage, take some ibuprofen for a week or two, and that's the end of the story. But in Chandler's case, that was the beginning of the story. This is what her arm looked like when she came to my clinic about three months after her sprain. You can see that the arm is discolored, purplish in color. It was cadaverically cold to the touch. The muscles were frozen, paralyzed — dystonic is how we refer to that. The pain had spread from her wrist to her hands, to her fingertips, from her wrist up to her elbow, almost all the way to her shoulder.

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Important Words

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