My name is Sonja. I’m 24 years old. I developed a condition called RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) when I was 20 years old. It has been severely debilitating. RSD is the most painful disease, ailment, or injury that is known to mankind. It surpasses cancer, non-surgical amputation, and unprepared childbirth without medication, on the pain scale. RSD typically is brought on by an injury. RSD can spread with or without cause throughout the body.
My battle with RSD started after I was in a series of accidents. I dislocated my shoulder which brought on brachial plexopathy and RSD. My shoulder became paralyzed. I decided to go through surgery to get a device implanted called a spinal cord simulator. The surgery caused many problems. It caused my RSD to spread. I just had surgery May 30th to remove the device because it was broken and causing many problems.
The RSD has caused much pain and disability. I am winning my fight because I wake up every day and I choose to live through it. I choose to smile and laugh. I choose to love my family and my husband.
I have trouble with eating, digestion, and with my intestines, but this is also linked to RSD. I also have a heart condition linked to RSD. It is so hard to get up in the morning. Sometimes lifting my head off the pillow in the morning is the hardest thing in the world. I won’t give up though. I won’t give up because I love my family, my friends, my husband, and I love my life. I am proof that life can go on even if you have an illness or disability.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
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