HICKORY — Not only are many people addicted and overdosing from opioids, but patients with chronic pain also are suffering.
“All pain patients want is some kind of a medication to lessen their pain and to let them have some sort of semblance of a normal life,” Keith Orsini, a local chronic pain (CP) patient, said.
Orsini suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a progressive disease of the autonomic nervous system, and the sympathetic nervous system.
“(CRPS) has two different types. One involves a direct injury to a nerve and the other one is where there is really no nerve damage,” Dr. Dave Eichman, clinical director of the Unifour Pain Treatment Center, said. “Say a patient fell and broke their arm, they undergo surgery and the bones are healed, but they still have this pain throughout their arm.”
The pain is characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury.
“The arm may be red or purple, it will go