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East Longmeadow Teen Raising Awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Calli Sattler of East Longmeadow has graduated from high school, but she had many health setbacks going through school, including a concussion that lasted a year and stomach problem that kept her out of school for an extended period of time.

As she entered high school, Sattler she was diagnosed with a condition you may not have ever heard of – one that Sattle is raising awareness of.

It was the focus of Sattler’s senior project: complex regional pain syndrome – a topic she knows all too well.

“Originally, I thought I had a broken bone, but when I went to the doctors they said I didn’t.”

One symptom is an intense, burning pain. “Sometimes, it felt like my foot was on fire,” Sattler explains.

“its when the nerve endings are in pain and and the brains telling it its in pain but there’s nothing physically wrong with that limb,” adds Sattler’s mother.

Experts believe the condition is a result of dysfunction in the nervous system, so the only thing Sattler said she could do is retrain her brain to think the discomfort wasn’t there.

She came to therapy a few times a week in order to get rid of some of the pain. One thing she would do is desensitize the nerve by using different textured materials.

Also, therapists would control the swelling, work on flexibility and strength.

“Most times, psychological counseling as well to help these people deal with the pain, as well of psychological trigger that’s manifesting itself physically,” says Terry Ditmar with Attain Therapy and Fitness.

CRPS does not have one cause. It could happen with an injury, or be brought on by stress.

Although the hurt was intolerable at times and frustrating, Sattler didn’t let this condition hold her back. She continued with sports, her studies, and now has her diploma.

Sattler is now off to college and she continues to raise awareness of CRPS, because it can happen in young women and she had never heard of it before she had it.


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