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Chronic pain difficult to treat, hard to control, a threat for suicide

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DALTON, GA (Times Free Press)  -- Aaron Coulter never set out to take his life during his partying phase in college, but he figured if it happened it happened.

Already taking pain pills for his neurofibromatosis, type 2, a rare genetic condition in which nerve tissue grows tumors, he decided that, if the pharmaceuticals mixed with the alcohol he was drinking and he just never woke up, "I just [didn't] care."

"Thankfully," says Coulter, now 24, "that was never the case, but passively I contemplated it."

The Dalton, Ga., resident is one of many people today who live with chronic pain and ponder suicide. According to several large-scale studies, at least 10 percent of suicides -- and maybe as many as 70 percent -- are linked to chronic pain or unrelenting illness.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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