Dealing with CRPS as a woman, through the workers comp system, has created many more problems and added hurdles in this battle. From getting pressured by doctors to return back to work too soon after the initial injury, to getting liability for CRPS and treatments denied, to having limited choice in doctors and having to wait many months to receive any help even with the help of a lawyer, to my CRPS progressing due to lack of care and early treatment, to my medical case being in the hands of one uninformed doctor who isn’t qualified in treating CRPS, which adds even more hurdles and time, etc.
My primary neurologist (who was a woman) gave me the diagnosis of CRPS on a post it note and I was told to google it, has laughed in my face when I asked for treatments such as psychotherapy and chiropractic care, saying “psychotherapy won’t cure CRPS!”, has yelled at me for crying in her office, criticized me when I refused anti-depressants and other meds (I did at least try them), and has told me “you need to just deal with CRPS, go back to school, find a new career and get over it.” (I have since fired this doctor.)
I know my story is not uncommon, but out of all the research I have extensively done on CRPS, there is little info about dealing with CRPS through workers comp and the added challenges to gain control of your health. Dealing with CRPS already causes helplessness and depression, and the workers comp system intensifies that helplessness.
I have finally said “enough is enough, I’m healing CRPS MY way!” I have literally just started this added part of my journey, but have reached out and found doctors on my own that look beyond the Western form of medicine and aim to help control the nervous system through a natural and multi- faceted approach. Something I would have never found if I continued in the workers comp system.