Chronic Pain Diseases are insufferable for everyone. These diseases are very rare. This is the story of a young girl who suffers from constant and chronic pain. Just looking at 13-year-old Emma Harrington, she is a lively young girl, with a big smile and enthusiasm for life. But, inside, she is battling constant and Chronic Pain Diseases.
“Let’s say I have been of fire and encased with needles that are packed in ice, so on the outside I am cold but on the inside, I feel like I am burning,” says, Emma Harrington, Patient.
Emma fractured her foot a year and a half ago. Months after the fracture she started to have radiating pain in her back that soon moved to her legs and hips. She was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS.
“So basically you will have a broken bone like she had a broken foot, it triggered a chain reaction that basically goes throughout the entire nervous system so then these patients, unfortunately, are in constant pain, just burning pain that is 24 hours, just nonstop,” says. Dr. Carl Bonnett
This chronic condition that Emma has is extremely rare. 1 in 40 thousand people are diagnosed with it, that’s why when Emma was diagnosed. Her family says they were shocked.
Now, Dr. Bonnett at the Klarisana clinic in San Antonio is giving her infusions of something called Ketamine. The drug does not make the pain go away but does give patients some relief.
“It’s not like propofol that knocks you out, it sort of more disconnects your brain from your body, disconnects your brain from the ability to feel external stimuli, ” says, Dr. Carl Bonnett
Emma’s mom says they have tried epidurals and a simulator implant in her back, with no positive results. After her first doses of ketamine a few months ago the results were promising.
“We were seeing results after each treatment, which we never saw with any of the other ones,” says, Amanda Harrington, Emma’s mom. The treatment will take 10 days, then treatment once a month after.
“I think in my perspective she will have some sort of a life, and I think at some point she is going to realize that and that is the hardest battle for her is for her to realize that she is going to have to have a different life, she is not going to get her old life back,” says, Amanda Harrington, Emma’s mom
A life that every 13 years old deserves to live.