Chronic pain’s emotional toll can lead to suicide – By Lori Kurtzman & Mike Wagner, The Columbus Dispatch – Sep 4, 2016
There were brain surgeries and constant headaches, sleep binges that lasted for days. His right side partially frozen, Steven Lichtenberg could barely walk.
Then came Crohn’s disease, which caused regular bouts of diarrhea and nausea, leaving him keeled over. Eventually the chemo treatments, pain meds and surgeries stripped Lichtenberg of his ability to show emotion.
When life was darkest, he couldn’t even cry.
In May 2015, without warning to his loved ones, the 32-year-old Dublin man shot himself at his parents’ home.
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