Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that usually appears after an injury or trauma.
Some of the symptoms include:
-Altered structure of bone and skin
People who suffer from CRPS even explain that a simple shower has the sensation of being poked with a million pins. Oftentimes, it is even painful to be touched by a significant other.
Up to 200,000 people in the US suffer from this, including my best friend from college, Eric. Shortly after college, he was in a horrible accident which resulted in a number of surgeries, the threat of permanent paralysis, and the diagnosis of CRPS.
Fire and Ice is a way that CRPS pain is described by those afflicted. It can be a deep, aching cold to a burning sensation.
Here is a link to a recent NWI Times article of a CRPS fundraiser.