sufrir de
transitive verb phrase
1. (to experience a certain illness or pain) 
El paciente sufre de diabetes y debe inyectarse insulina a diario.The patient suffers from diabetes and needs to give himself a daily injection of insulin.
2. (to experience health problems in a certain part of the body) 
Creo que mi esposo sufre de las rodillas porque esquió mucho de joven.I think my husband has bad knees because he skied a lot when he was young.
Paco sufre del estómago.Paco has stomach problems.
Mi abuelo Jacinto sufría de la espalda.Grandad Jacinto had back issues.
d. no direct translation 
Ana siempre sufrió de las cervicales.Ana always had issues with her neck vertebrae.
Este tipo de perro suele sufrir del corazón.This type of dog tends to suffer from heart conditions.
3. (to be in a bad state because of) 
El país sufre de una escasez crónica de mano de obra especializada.The country suffers from a chronic shortage of skilled manpower.
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