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Commentary: Patient’s view

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 10 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5178
  1. Andrea G
  2. with the support of Reinhard Reuß
  1. Correspondence to: R Reuß reinhard.reuss{at}

    In March 2006 I was in the prime of life, happily in love, and 14 weeks pregnant, and the last thing I expected was that this would suddenly be snatched from me. I started to get pain in the area around the upper part of my back. Within a few weeks I found myself unable to walk. I couldn’t understand what was going on. How could my condition have worsened so drastically? What if treatment didn’t work?

    I was appalled by the results of my magnetic resonance imaging. Even though I …

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