After one failed neck surgery in 2001 and a triple cervical fusion in 2004, It became quickly apparent that my arms, then legs, then face began to shake. Soon thereafter, I was inflicted with the most agonizing pain I have ever experience. From 2001 to 2005 I endured millions of tests including tests for Parkinsons, bone marrow cancer, etc...After 13 hospitalizations on average during this time frame, it got to the point where there were many days I could not get out of bed. As a lawyer and a professor, it killed me when the doctors told me I was just too sick to work. In 2005 a famous neurologist finally advised me that I had RSD. While one might think knowledge is equivalent to a cure, that is not the case with RSD. Since my diagnosis, I have endured on average 12-13 in-patient hospitalizations for a minimum of a week each year. I have been through out patient ketamine for three years, as well as two ICU-in hospital ketamine infusions. I am on more pain killers than a person twice my size can take and have gained about 50 pounds from neurological drugs. i also had the stimulator. It seemed to work great during the 5 day trial. The problem was a month after being installed it kept antagonizing the RSD and finally made it so bad that they had to remove it in surgery. I have asked my doctors to cut off my legs, to no avail. I have finally made the decision to go to germany for treatment. Please, before you get as depressed and down as I have, please write to me as I have a plethora of information on this terrible illness. LRM196
by NGRIA Bassett6 years ago
Any non narcotic or alcohol tips?
by Thomas Haines7 years ago
I wrote this letter to a doctor after she dropped my wife due to pain medication. Dear Doctor,this letter is being sent to you on behalf of my wife and myself.There is a...
by livingwithbipolar4 years ago
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by hurtzallot8 years ago
I am disabled due to chronic pain, all I want for Christmas is my life back. I have been seen by the "best" pain management doctors around. Morphine, Oxycontin, Fetanyl and the weaker pharmaceuticals to boost,...
by andrew savage4 years ago
Thousands of people parish each year to mistakenly overdosing on opiate based pain killers and other legal narcotics? Would marijuana be the optimal alternative to this national epidemic?
by Theresa Kennedy6 years ago
Greetings fellow hubbers! My hub about chronic pain used to have a nice score in the 80's and since tweaking it a few weeks ago, the score is stuck in the 70's. I think it was over-tweaked and now I'm at a loss as to...
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