I have a friend and former colleague; let's call him Bob, because that is his name. Over the last year, Bob has suffered debilitating illnesses that have left him disabled and with a poor quality of life. After months of pain and blood clots, his primarily ailment was diagnosed this fall as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. According to the Web site www.rsdhope.org, RSDS is a progressive disease of the autonomic nervous system that can follow a trauma. Its symptoms include chronic burning pain, inflammation, and spasms in blood vessels and muscles of the extremities. More recently, Bob has been diagnosed with a growth in his brain that is giving him almost constant migraine headaches. Bob is in his forties, with a wife and three children dependent upon him for support.
"I am at peace with dealing with managing my pain. It is just the way it is going to be for a long time, and we should set realistic expectations. So we have, and things are OK, really."
Posted by Peter Varhol on 12/14/2004 at 1:15 PM
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