Hello and welcome,

My blog may start here, but my CRPS story begins on June 20, 2014, at 5 pm, it was a Friday.

While working, I broke my left ankle. I will not go into much detail about the initial injury, but I will say…..it hurt! At this point, if I remember correctly, is when I started using Vicodin for pain after my first visit to the ER. They wrapped my foot and sent me on my way, a prescription for Vicodin in hand.

This is the day I broke my ankle. The ER wrapped my leg.

Fractured ankle prior to CRPS diagnosis

Since it was a Friday evening going to the ER, I kept the wrap on for the weekend and went to an Orthopedist to get the wrap off and get into something more permanent. They put me in a walking boot with crutches.

Walking boot prior to CRPS diagnosis

After looking over my x-rays, the Orthopedist I was sent to said my fracture was healing beautifully. I was sent to physical therapy and was hopefully on my way to full recovery.  Jump forward in time by approximately 3 months, during one of my very painful physical therapy sessions. On this specific day my usual physical therapist had called in sick and I had a substitute. As we began my session, she expressed concern that 3 months into physical therapy I was feeling such levels of pain. She assumed by now that the pain would have mostly subsided, but in my case had steadily increased to the point of almost passing out. She decided not to continue the exercises that caused the pain and decided to contact my doctor and explain my situation citing the extreme pain I was going through.

My doctor, upon receiving word from the substitute therapist, spoke with me in detail about the pain I was experiencing. After hearing what I was going through, he was a little dumbfounded, to say the least. I was confused and worried myself, this made no sense to me.

To be honest, I do not remember what medications I was on at this point in my story, but I do know I needed more due to the pain I was experiencing.

At my next doctor visit, he was out sick and I saw another doctor. He decided to send me to a Physiatrist for acupuncture to see if that would help. At this point, I had no idea what to do, I was in so much pain that I would try anything. I was scared and needed to get to the bottom of what was wrong with me.

I went to see the Physiatrist for my acupuncture and he was very nice. He did his initial exam and almost instantly knew that acupuncture was not what I needed. This was strange to me, but he began to explain what could possibly be going on with me. What he described to me was both alarming and a bit overwhelming. It also came as somewhat of a relief to actually maybe get to the root of my issue.

We then sat and talked about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS. This was just speculation at this point, prior to any diagnosis a number of tests must be completed first.

And so began the tests for CRPS began…


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