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Meet A Doctor Who Is A Grandma And A Fighter For Chronic Pain Patients

Saturday 16 June 2018


From the National Pain Report:


Dr Debbie Nickels Heck
Dr Debbie Nickels Heck

Meet a Doctor Who is a Grandma and a Fighter for Chronic Pain Patients

By Ed Coghlan
June 13, 2018
Copyright 2018 National Pain Report

Let me tell you a little secret. Part of how we have tried to grow the National Pain Report is to continually search for important voices. Sometimes they are patients or loved ones who have a story to tell. And sometimes it’s a doctor.

Let me introduce you to Dr. Debbie Nickels Heck from Muncie, Indiana. She was a woman who went to medical school in her 30’s, is a mother of three, a grandmother to seven and a woman with some very strong opinions about the environment in which chronic pain patients are being treated.

We literally met on Twitter [Dr Nickels Heck on Twitter, Ed Coghlan on Twitter] — and I’ve been following her for a while and thought she was intriguing.

So I reached out and said…”hey can we chat?”

She said sure.

Then I didn’t follow up…realized a couple of weeks later I hadn’t and reached out again.

I sent her the following questions:

  1. What is happening to patients?
  2. What is a patient to do?
  3. What alternative therapies do you recommend?
  4. What will the government do?
  5. What should the government do?

Pretty basic, right?

What I received in a response was the following: (I decided not to edit):


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