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Share Your Story: Ann Lavendar

I was diagnosed with RSD in January of 2002.  Since that time I’ve had more than 40 procedures, ranging from stellate blocks (both through my throat and the more dangerous procedure through my back and around my lungs), RFTC’s (radio frequency thermocoagulation blocks), exploratory surgery resulting in a vein wrap around a trapped nerve which seemed to be the culprit (complication following wrist surgery) and finally three tries at a dorsal column nerve stimulator (two fails and one semi-success).  It spread like wildfire during an especially bad exacerbation of symptoms, from my left hand/wrist, throughout the arm, my right arm,  across parts of my back and side, into my right hip and leg and across parts of my face.  The pain was so terrible that when I did fall asleep, I woke up clawing at my face and arms from …

 
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