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Behind Bars: How One Woman's Chronic Pain Led to Jail Time

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Many individuals who suffer from vascular diseases such as Peripheral Artery Disease and Chronic Venous Insufficiency are plagued with chronic pain. This ongoing pain can cause a sense of helplessness and frustration, as those affected struggle to regain control over their lives. Take Helen, for example, who finds herself buried under medical bills and unsure of where to turn for relief. She doesn't want to burden her family, but the prospect of managing her chronic pain seems overwhelming. In this episode, Helen shares her story about how she ended up determining that jail was her only option for medical care and pain relief.Kathryn Walker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and CEO of Rivitalist, a wellness healthcare chain, helps Helen walk us through her story and what was going through her mind when she was arrested as she pretended to attempt to steal items from a Georgia Walmart. Christopher Stout, a vascular surgeon,contributes to the conversation by highlighting the challenges faced by patients with PAD and CVI, such as delayed care, insurance obstacles, and gaps between diagnosis and treatment. These issues can result in chronic pain that can significantly impact patients' daily lives and mental well-being.

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