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Tiffany’s Story (CRPS)

Tiffany's RSD StoryI have had excruciating pain for the past six years. I never knew what it was, it started in my right hand and went into my shoulder. I finally went to see a neurologist in 2011 and they didn’t see what what was wrong so I kept dealing with the pain year after year. I finally couldn’t take it, the pain, the burning, the numbness, it was getting worse and worse. I didn’t know what was going on so I finally went back. They had me do physical therapy which seemed like it was making it worse and then better. I couldn’t figure out why I had to endure so much pain all day, everyday, from the time I went to sleep from the time I woke up.

Eventually over time I went to see a pain management doctor and they finally diagnosed me with RSD and I didn’t know what it was. The doctor told me it was rare and it comes from a sprain or a breakage of the bone. I have never had either of those happen to me, so we thought it could have come from having a c-section four times. All I know is that I can’t take the pain anymore and it’s something I’ve dealt with forever and there is no getting out of it. There’s no medications that will help with the pain, and there’s no injection that will help.

How can anyone have to endure such pain in their life. I know the pain is there and I just try to ignore it, but it’s hard to do when you are in that much pain and it’s hard to focus. It takes out all the things you want to do, it just makes you feel useless to yourself, but the only thing you can do is just pray and keep hoping that something can fix the pain to let you live in comfort. For everyone who is dealing with this illness I feel your pain everyday, all day, so to everyone out there with this I hope it gets better over time.

Tiffany
Ohio
Submitted 02/23/2014

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.

This story 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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