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Naugatuck woman triumphs over painful disease

Hypatia Day, Staff Writer

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Julie Day, a 53 year old woman from Naugatuck, Connecticut, overcomes adversity nearly every day. Day was been diagnosed with CRPS. The mother of three battles the pain of this disease daily but always perseveres.

CRPS or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System.

CRPS is ranked as the most painful form of chronic pain today by the McGill pain index. CRPS ranks at a 42 out of a possible 50 on the scale, which is a higher rate than childbirth.

One of the most common and the most prominent symptoms of CRPS is a constant chronic burning pain in the affected area. If not treated early it can spearhead to other parts of the body.

In Day’s case, she has the worst form of CRPS (CRPS-II), which wasn’t caught early enough for significant treatment or for the damage to be reversed.

Having CRPS she’s not able to have anyone touch her because of her skin sensitivity; she also has a hard time walking due to the damage done to her feet. Her feet are both locked outward at a 45 degree angle and every bone below her ankle (Including her ankle) on both feet is completely broken.

Despite the crippling pain, she continues to be the primary caretaker of her children – Sarah, 32, Hypatia, 18, and Matthew, 15.

Although there is no cure for CRPS there is medication to manage it but it rarely makes the condition much more bearable.

Other than medication, Day has tried Physical therapy, hyperbaric treatment and heat treatment but medication seems to help the best.

Day has persevered through all expectations by everyone. She’s defeated two different kinds of cancer and was recently diagnosed with lung disease.

Day always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help anyone else despite the pain she may be in or what she is going through which makes her remarkable

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