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Paula Abdul speaks for the first time on television about her chronic pain condition, RSD. She combats the rumors and public perception about her behavior. Hear her story.

Abdul, a celebrity judge on the hit series "American Idol," came forward with her chronic pain in a 2005 People magazine interview. For 25 years, Abdul struggled with unexplained, excruciating pain that didn't go away with conventional painkillers.

Paula has an unusual sub-type of this unusual disease, and in her case, ice is excellent instead of deadly.

Paula has suffered for many years following a "cheerleading accident" at age 17 and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) in November 2004. She now says she is now pain-free following treatment, including the anti-inflammatory medication Enbrel.

Paula once opened up to People Magazine about her darkest times in dealing with the whole ordeal. As far as her battle with chronic pain, she said; "everything that was joyous to me was removed from my life, but today, it’s like I’m brand new again." The star keeps a gratitude diary to remind her of all those beautiful things left in her life to enjoy, despite the pain. She has been an example of fortitude and strength for many.

Paula added that; "If people only knew what I've gone through with pain and pills. I'm dancing for joy at the fact that not even a year ago I was in so much pain I could barely get up."

"It was getting ugly with the lies people were saying. It was time to set the record straight. I want people to know that I have never been addicted to anything, no chemical dependency, nothing for recreational purposes."

At the time Paula was taking the prescription drug Enbrel to deal with the pain.