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Last Christmas, Barbara Kaiser slid to her kitchen floor and just sobbed.
The 82-year-old Green Valley woman had spent decades baking hundreds of cookies for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the holidays, but this year, the pain won. She just couldn’t do it anymore.
Her arthritis and chronic neuropathy were so bad it took her 15 minutes to get out of a chair. She couldn’t stand upright and needed a walker just to hobble a few feet.
She couldn’t sleep more than two hours at a time.
“I wasn’t suicidal, but I started wondering why I was waking up every day. Why did I bother? The pain was just amazing,” Kaiser said.
Fast forward seven months and she’s no longer using her walker for short distances, she’s back to baking cookies and making dinner, and she’s cut her daily Oxycontin intake by one-third. She’s also sleeping through the night.