Part 3 - "The Doctors" - Living with RSD

 For Kathy, RSD is much more than a painful diagnosis - it's her life. She says her life has completely changed since she was diagnosed with RSD. She wakes up at 4:30 a.m. "At that time the pain level is about a 4 - not too bad," she says.

She works out every morning, even though she has been on crutches for about 8 years now.

"It used to take me an hour and 15 minutes to get ready," she says "where now it takes 3 hours". Four days out of the week I'm either doing pain management or physical therapy. I go to the surgery center and get sympathetic nerve blocks in the lower part of my back. This is where they actually go into the nerves and shut the nerves down.

"The pain in my foot will wake me up out of a deep sleep," she says.

Her husband Ken is very supportive and has learned over the years how to read the signs of her pain, whether through breathing or facial expressions. "It's so important to have someone that understands and supports you," Kathy says.


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