Faith Selchick, RN, Suffern, NY – pain management for CRPS
I am a 28 year old nurse who has been treated at HSS for 10 years. In 2002, I was the passenger in a motor vehicle collision and suffered trauma to my right knee, tearing both the medial and lateral meniscus. After enduring two surgeries (at another institution) in an attempt to repair and subsequently remove the tears in my knee, my pain was becoming increasingly severe. I was unable to attend school and was forced to give up running, my passion in life.
Feeling defeated, I came to Hospital for Special Surgery to meet with Seth Waldman, MD. Dr. Waldman confirmed a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in my bilateral lower extremities. He took me under his care, instilled hope in me and forever changed my world. For the first time, I felt optimistic that I would recover and regain my life. Dr. Waldman began a multi-modal treatment plan, which included a variety of medications and nerve blocks. An inpatient Ketamine infusion gave me relief from the magnitude of CRPS for the first time, a treatment I continue today.
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