12th November, 2022
A rare health condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is ravaging a mother of two from Beckenham, Greater London, Katie Hall.
The strange ailment has put Katie Hall, a pilates teacher in ceaseless pain all over her body for three years.
The condition makes sufferers’ skin so sensitive that any slightest touch brings excruciating pain all over.
This is what beautiful mum Katie Hall has been going through since 2019. It got to a point where she could no longer hug her own children.
Physiotherapy sessions have reportedly worsened her condition.
According to MyLondon, the 42-year-old’s travails began in March 2019 when she felt a little pain in her toes during one of her weekly pilates classes.
“She had to crawl in and out of the shower for three years and has been unable to hug her daughters”, reported the news medium.
“The pain began to spread around her whole body. She explained that doctors were “confused” by her symptoms and couldn’t understand why she was in such extreme pain. Due to this, it was around 10 months before she got an official diagnosis. Katie was finally diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in January 2020, a condition that causes extreme discomfort that does not ease.
“The condition is often referred to as ‘the suicide disease’ because the pain is all-consuming and it can be very difficult to find a treatment that works for every patient, if at all”, the newspaper reported.
Katie told MyLondon: “The pain got so bad I would rather be dead. It’s like torture.
“It takes your life away from you – this cripples you so badly that you can’t keep going. It was like my body didn’t belong to me anymore. It’s like someone is stabbing you with a knife. The main thing I got was a burning in my feet like I’ve got my feet in the fire, but then they’ll feel freezing cold at the same time.
“I couldn’t walk barefoot for three years because the arch in my foot collapsed. I couldn’t put my foot down because it was so painful. It got to a point where I couldn’t hug my own children. I had to tell them ‘I can’t hug you anymore, it’s just too painful. It was just too sad.”
According to the newspaper, the cause of CRPS is unknown, but for many people, it’s thought to be the result of the body reacting abnormally to an injury. The NHS says there is no specific cure for CRPS but offers patients who are suffering from the condition education and management, physical rehabilitation, pain relief and psychological support.
Katie is presently raising funds to undergo the required expensive treatment at Spero Clinic in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she hopes to get her life back.
Read the complete touching story of Katie Hall in MyLondon