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Mikayla Bergquist is an eighteen year old female student and musician with Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome. Mikayla sustained an acute wrist injury at ten years old as a result of an ATV accident that required surgery which led to diffuse chronic pain and emotional distress. Mikayla was diagnosed by a multidisciplinary Pain Treatment Service at Boston Children’s Hospital’s in winter 2016. A treatment plan was recommended for Mikayla following her diagnosis. Mikayla was provided with a section 504 plan to receive accommodations at school including adjunctive tutoring services, reduced workload, extra time for tests, and other supportive services. In addition, the attending physician, physical therapist, and psychologist advocated for physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and pain coping intervention therapy. Mikayla followed this treatment plan and created a nearly pain-free life for herself over the course of the next year and a half. She utilized support from her multidisciplinary professionals in Maine, as well as in Massachusetts. She found joy, distraction, and pain relief through music. Mikayla’s family also provided reinforcement throughout her journey. Mikayla is now thriving as a college student in Boston, pursuing a degree in entertainment management.
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UNE Office of Research and Scholarship and D'Apice, Michael, "Mikayla Bergquist: Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome" (2017). Pain Narrative Videos. 26.