Nannette Keating

Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Fibromyalgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Myositis

Nanette is a 51-year-old self advocate with chronic pain from Spinal Stenosis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Fibromyalgia, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Myositis; which is the inflammation of muscles due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis is characterized by deteriorating bone in the vertebrae which places pressure on the nerve roots causing radiating nerve pain or Radiculopathy. In addition, Nanette experiences Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is characterized by a narrowing of the thoracic canal that veins and muscles pass through causing pain, numbness and dysfunction. Nannette is no longer able to work due to overwhelming pain but remains positive. 

Portraits of Pain: Nannette Keating