Anderson Silva talks using Ice of pain pills

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Twelve-and-a-half months after his injury, which happened when he faced Chris Weidman for the second time, “The Spider” told Globo how hard it was to endure this level of pain, and how he feared getting addicted to his medication.

“I thought that I was getting used to the pain but I wasn’t. I hope to not experience that anymore. I don’t wish that for anyone. It was terrible. I’m fine now but there were months of much pain. There were a lot of strong antibiotics that I had to take to end the pain. I started to take and the pain disappeared. When I wasn’t feeling pain, I wanted already to take the pills, that was the point that I stop taking them. I wasn’t addicted but I was feeling myself depressed, the medicine was letting me sleepy. I decided to stop, to avoid getting addicted. I started to fill my bathtub of ice. The pain came and I got into the ice. Pain? Ice! Then I got better.”

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