Chicago Med season 5, episode 13 recap: Pain Is For The Living

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CHICAGO MED — “Pain Is For The Living” Episode 513 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

Chicago Med dished out parenting problems in Pain Is For The Living. Find out what happened in our Chicago Med season 5, episode 13 recap.

This week’s Chicago Med could be considered a what not to do for parents. And it wasn’t so great for our doctors, either.

Wednesday’s episode “Pain Is For The Living” involved Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) proposing a controversial treatment plan to the parents of a disturbed child. It’s something that will definitely be polarizing for One Chicago fans.

Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) encountered a familiar face in the ED and was not at all happy about it. There’s a lot to explain in this one, and most of it is a mess that everyone has to sort through.

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:


Natalie’s personal life continues to be a disappointment. She’s now been on four failed first dates since the end of the Phillip disaster, that she claims were never going to work out anyway, which prompts Marcel to come up with some (not undeserved) snark about her having ESP.

Moving on, Natalie treats an upset infant but can’t see any real problem during her first exam. This being Chicago Med there’s an obscure problem hiding somewhere. She runs the usual battery of tests and declares that Axel needs an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. But Mom is creepily excited about watching her kid’s invasive medical procedure. Natalie’s not-ESP is up again but no one believes her; at least Marcel is on hand to perform the necessary exams.

Natalie continues to push about the mother, taking her suspicions to Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) and then deciding to page Charles. But just as Maggie goes to do that, Natalie is called to look at mom Julia and discovers that she has a fistula. Whatever the child has could be shared with his mother!

Turns out Axel has Crohn’s disease, and it’s hereditary. Natalie wants to know why Mom is not bothered by the literal hole in her side. “What emotion are you feeling right now?” she asks, deciding to run one more test that proves Mom has a genetic insensitivity to pain, which she also inherited. Julia is upset that she passed a disease on to her son, and not the condition that would help his pain, but Natalie does her best to console the fellow single mom.

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