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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - More than 100 million Americans live with chronic pain every day.
Many of these people take narcotic medications that, while providing relief for some patients, are not always safe and effective and can pose a potential risk for addiction.
A significant group of patients experience something called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, often the result of an injury or trauma.
Jim Watkins, 59, lives with chronic pain brought on by osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and controls the symptoms with daily doses of tramadol, an opioid medication. Because of an opiod crackdown, he now undergoes questioning about his opioid use that he regards as just short of harassment.