Hello and welcome to my blog.
My name is Jamie. I am a 38-year-old woman who works in TV news. I love life, even when things get difficult. I am going to write about my life with a chronic disease in hopes of helping people understand what it is like to live in constant pain.
Let me start by saying, I don’t want anyone reading this to feel sorry for me. I think it is therapeutic to talk things through and this is a great way to do this.
Now, what is CRPS (previously names RSD)? That’s a tough question to answer.
My CRPS started after a car crash in December of 1998. I was in remission for more than five years from 2006 to 2013. By remission I mean I lived with only moderate pain. Mostly a four or less on the pain scale. A doctor put me on a blood pressure pill without thinking about possible complications due to CRPS and the pill knocked me out of remission. Now, I average a pain level of seven to nine on a daily basis.
There are treatments to help but my insurance won’t pay for most of them. In fact, I recently moved from Oklahoma to Tennessee and have yet to be able to even get an appointment with a doctor. That’s how difficult it is to find treatment!
I am working on it though! 🙂