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Returning to her home in Austin, Texas, one day in spring 2018, Pat Henneberry stepped inside and without warning fell to her knees in excruciating pain. "Basically, the lower part of my back and spine shifted away from each other," she says.
Single and living alone, Pat called a neighbor who brought her to the local emergency department, where she underwent an MRI and was told she needed surgery. Then she was discharged and sent home. Pat was given painkillers, but they did nothing to dull the pain. It only got worse. "Eventually, it just became too much," she says. "I couldn't walk, stand or move."
When Pat's neighbors checked on her, she found Pat immobilized by pain and rushed her to the hospital a second time. "I had two epidurals for the pain," Pat says. "I spent the next two weeks in the hospital wondering what had happened."