In this edition of Healthy Living, YNN's Marcie Fraser reports on pain management. Have you ever injured yourself the injury is healed but the pain persists? Some patients think they are going crazy because they can't find an obvious cause but they are in severe pain.
A year after she broke her ankle, Marietta Velvis, still complained to her doctors of leg pain.
"Burning felt like my foot was sunburned. It got to a point where I couldn't walk anymore," said Marietta Velvis, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome Patient.
Over the counter products gave her no relief; after nearly two years she was diagnosed with CRPS.
"Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, otherwise RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, it can come about anywhere from a minor injury, such as someone pushing a shopping cart to into your leg, having a sprain can cause this or direct nerve damage," said Dr. Aruna Sahoo, Pain Management Physician.
Pain often gets worse over time, up to years after an injury.
"You start noticing it to be very swollen, shiny in appearance, sweating in the leg, you will notice increases sensitivity, even the bed sheets whenever your feet touch the bed sheet, you will feel pain form that," said Dr. Sahoo.
Treatment involves many disciplines which include medication, physical therapy, nerve blocks, and injections.
"The injections we do, because they think the problem lies in the your Sympathetic Nervous System, you target the Sympathetic Nervous System, they are called lumbar sympathetic blocks or ganglion blocks depending on where the pain is experienced," the doctor went on to say.
A pain specialist can do the series of injections. The three injections given are a week a part and if the patient's pain does not subside, within three to six months, more injections can be considered.
Marietta opted for injections.
"That gave immediate relief of all my symptoms. I loved it, it was a great feeling," said Marietta.
While her pain may flare up, right now, her pain is under control.