CRPS: When Pain Continues With a Vengeance

Let’s say you broke your left ankle three years ago, and according to all x-rays, it healed beautifully. So why are you still in pain? And not just a dull okay-I-broke-my-ankle-so-now-I’m-gonna-live-with-this-ache-forever. No, not that kind of pain. This is a pain that disrupts your life, and one that far exceeds the scope of your original injury.

If this describes your experience, you may be among approximately 200,000 people who are afflicted with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). For an in-depth list of the signs and symptoms, visit RSDSA online.


Okay, if your ankles, unlike our hypothetical friend above, are in great shape and you’d like to show your support for those who suffer from CRPS, get your walking shoes out of the closet and make plans to get yourself to McDade Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2016, for the Walk 2 Miles in My Shoes for CRPS/RSD event.

Take a stroll through McDade Park. Source:

As I wrote about last week, registration begins at noon, and a $10 Walker Donation is requested; but, you’ll get a spiffy tee shirt and the warm fuzzy feeling that you have done something nice for people you may not even know. Someday, they may be walking to support you or your loved one!

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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