Danielle was an active, healthy 24-year-old when she suffered an ATV accident that almost severed her left foot. After a series of surgeries, doctors were able to save her foot, allowing her to regain almost complete mobility. Unfortunately, she soon developed a condition called complex regional pain syndrome, an incurable condition that causes intense burning sensations and sometimes staggering pain. Danielle has been receiving treatment from renowned pain specialist Timothy Lubenow, M.D. at Rush for two years.
“When you have chronic pain, you can still live a very good life,” she said. You need to appreciate absolutely everything. Chronic means ‘often,’ but it definitely doesn’t mean ‘forever.’ There is hope out there…”