CRPS—A New Book Explores A Journey

CRPS—A New Book Explores A Journey

By Ed Coghlan.

A 32-year old woman, who next year will become a licensed physical therapist is sharing her own journey with chronic pain.

Leda McDaniel has written a memoir that chronicles her journey of healing after she contracted CRPS following a sports injury.

Leda McDaniel

“I wrote this book with the intent of sharing with others some of my most personal moments during my recovery from severe joint and nerve pain. Following a knee surgery to repair a torn ACL from a soccer injury, I developed surgical complications and gradually worsening chronic pain.”

As many chronic pain patients can attest, things didn’t get immediately better. Over three years, Leda had 2 knee surgeries and was on crutches for a total of 12 months trying to recover from the initial injury and the trauma from the surgeries.

“My diagnoses during this period included: patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and synovitis. I saw many health care professionals: doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, and body workers and tried many self-care practices including exercises, meditation, dietary changes, and acupuncture and eventually found a path to healing.”

Her book is a series of stories that are, what she calls, “snapshots” of the days and moments I lived out over the course of the last year when the pain was at its worst.

“Some of them may be hard for you to read and others I hope will inspire laughter. I can promise you, though, that each story has come straight from my heart. My sincere wish is that you may take something away from my experience that helps you in your own healing journey.”

You can buy Leda’s book here.

She’s finishing her pursuit of a Doctorate in physical therapy studies at Ohio University and hopes to practice in California.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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I guess the few write books, the majority are silent. So many pain management medicines have side effects that don’t allow for continuing with education - fuzzy memory and so on.


Silent suffering with pain, no resource to manage pain other than the resources dot/gov allows. MANY people across America are in the fight of our lives right now with no silver lining in sight. I would never had believed just a couple of years ago that I and my wife would have to be dependent on an inadequate dosage of medication that eases severe pain. Yhe majority of pain management patients have not done ANYTHING, young and old to deserve to ne inadequately treated for continuous severe pain. Our doctors ability tp appropriately treat continuous severe pain with the proper therapy if it calls for opiate based medication has been stripped from their arsenal of weapons to help those of us with continuous pain when it comes to proven opiate medication and no harm caused, only beneficial mobility. No crime committed. Just patients quietly attempting to survive in over the top pain……with no Human resource to help since the introduction of the CDC “guideline” for opiate prescribing doctors. The sick and injured have no chance of fighting back for some efficient way to manage lifetime pain. NO one can endure the torture we now have to live with even if you have years or decades of beneficial use of an opiate medication. Every PMP has been so negatively affected with pain level increase because of inadequate personal dosages of the last effective therapy for many of our national population. When our doctors can no longer use their OWN judgement for appropriate effective pain management which includes oral opiate medication or any other application of an opiate medication to suppress pain to an endurable level, the experts, who do not experience continuous lifetime pain believe they know what is “best” for patients across the nation but, never have, never will personally see me for treatment and we all can live just fine on much lowered dosages of medication just because they, the experts, a committee if you will take into consideration biased reports of how opiate pain medication is simply a medication that we the patients can use for pain management just in a dosage that is adequate enough for every single patient regardless of why the patient needs opiate medication. I like many patients have tried all other forms of pain management therapy that was and is available such as PT etc,.before placed on opiate medication therapy. The 2016 CDC “guideline” has failed to do what the stated intent was. To reduce overdose and save lives. The OD rate still climbs.

Bill Farel

Still trying to getva pain doctor that gives out pain meds.Iam 61 have diabetes have had surgerys on my neck and left arm and sholder.Have had pain for over 2 years.Since the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. They do not give pain meds except for Ultram which is like taking Tylenol went back to see my surgeon and he said there is no more he can do.lI couldn’t believe it I was in waiting room and alot of older people told me they have the same problem.One man said he just goes to a methadone clinic for drug addiction lying telling them he is hooked on pills.I guess thats the only way to go the nerve pain in my hands and feet r terrible not to mention my neck pain.I sure hope I can find some help soon God Bless everyone. Take care.