I have a rare nerve disease that is the most painful disease known to science, all from being stepped on at prom, AMA.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is a nerve disease that sometimes sporadically occurs, but usually occurs after a small injury. Sometimes the person has no idea that an injury has even really happened (slightly stubbed their toe, hit their arm against a door), and then they begin to have an extreme response. For me, when I was seventeen I went to my Junior Prom and was stepped on during the song "Soulja Boy." The next few days my foot swelled up nearly twice the size it was before, was in the most pain I had ever experienced in my life, and had turned a bright shade of blue while being ice cold. However, nothing was actually wrong with it: no breaks, no torn ligaments, and aside from the overall blue color there didn't even seem to be an actual bruise. Luckily for me, after a month of seeing doctors and physical therapists I was quickly diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Most people are not diagnosed so quickly, and often are told that they are "crazy" or depressed, and that the pain is not real. When the levels of pain are compared to things like childbirth, cancer, and even amputation, RSD has been ruled to be the most painful disease, and currently is the most painful disease known to medicine according to a scale known as the McGill Pain Index. Essentially the nerves in that area of the body work incorrectly and send bad signals to the brain, almost as if they are a broken record. The disease can stay in one place, but all too often it spreads, usually up the rest of the limb. Four years later I am now considered a full body patient with RSD affecting both legs, both arms, and my torso. Since being diagnosed I was also diagnosed with chronic migraines, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (my brain cannot regulate my heartrate), and a mitochondrial disease. Recently, I have also begun having seizures, though the cause is unknown. Prior to being stepped on I was essentially a perfectly healthy girl.
For more information on RSD a great resource is RSDSA.org, or even looking at Webmd.com. I also have a blog which can be found at tumblr.com/letsbechronicallypositive. Feel free to ask me ANYTHING, as a twenty-one year old girl in college there is not ANYTHING I haven't heard.
edit: proof Imgur This is one of my medicines I mention in the thread with my name and part of my last name, the t in Lindajeant. It's the topomax (generic topiramate).