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Posted by Beth
on October 12, 2000 at 19:17:05:
I wanted to post this message to offer a little hope to those of you out there suffering from RSD. I was diagnosis last November with RSD, following a minor injury to my little toe. I was lucky to be diagnosed within a week of developing symptoms. I had two unsuccessful nerve blocks. My doctor treated me with aggressive doses of neurontin, elavil, darvacet, and clonidine (catapres patch). I began to see results after being on the neurontin for about two weeks. Within two months I was ready to begin physical therapy. I was in PT for months and finally declared in remission in late April. What a great day that was! I hope that my story helps others out there who are having trouble seeing light at the end of the tunnel. When I was first diagnosed, I immediatley turned to the Internet for additional information. I must say the chat boards I read scared me to death, with all the talk of years of excruciating pain. I realize that that is the reality for far too many of us, but there are some happy endings, too, that newly diagnosed folks might like to see. I do not mean to suggest that my ordeal was easy or trouble-free, quite the contrary is true. My doctor tells me I suffered from a particularly acute case of RSD, with a very quick onset and a very intense level of pain. I lost my job during the ordeal as well. But I came through it whole and am all the better for it. Hope everyone has my luck!
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