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When Doctors Dismiss Chronic Pain: My Experience Interpreting for Injured Latinx Workers

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“It just doesn’t make sense that a simple trip and fall over a sofa would result in an inability to work for an entire year,” the doctor said to Lourdes*.

As he spoke I looked at the wall behind him, where a diagram of the muscular system hung next to an oil pastel of a stethoscope.

Lourdes was one of the many patients I interpret for who had been injured at work. Before the doctor arrived she and I had filled out paperwork in the lobby, answering questions from Does the pain wake you up at night?

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